Jan 31, 2022 - World

CDC raises travel advisories for a dozen countries due to COVID spike

 Airline passengers check the departure and arrival board January 28, 2022 at John F. Kennedy International Airport
Airline passengers check the departure and arrival board January 28, 2022 at John F. Kennedy International Airport. Photo: Robert Nickelsberg/Getty Images

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention raised COVID-19 travel advisories to their highest levels for a dozen countries on Monday due to spikes in COVID-19 cases at those destinations.

Why it matters: The highly contagious Omicron variant continues to drive surges in COVID-19 cases around the world.

State of play: Level 4 travel advisories were issued for Chile, Ecuador, Mexico, and Paraguay, as well as Anguilla and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.

The big picture: The Level 4 alert, the CDC's highest classification for COVID risk, comes with the recommendation to avoid travel and, when that's not possible, to be fully vaccinated against the virus.

  • The CDC is also warning due to the "very high" levels of COVID-19 cases in these countries that even fully vaccinated travelers "still be at risk for getting and spreading COVID-19."
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