US citizens have been advised to refrain from traveling to four European countries (Bosnia and Herzegovina, Romania, Belarus and Moldova), as they have seen an increase in cases of COVID-19 infection.
According to the latest update of the Travel Advisory, which is reviewed weekly based on epidemiological situations in other countries, the U.S. Department of State has changed travel advice against travel to the aforementioned countries from “Level Three: Reconsider the trips “to” Level four: No trips’.
This rating is the highest level of counseling, which means that people traveling to one of these areas are more likely to be infected with COVID-19 disease, SchengenVisaInfo.com reports.
Accordingly, the US health agency reports that all people who have to travel to one of the four countries are completely vaccinated against COVID-19 disease with one of the vaccines authorized to be used by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). ) from the US to reduce the risk of becoming infected and developing symptoms.
Until now, the FDA had only approved Pfizer / BioNTech (Comirnaty), Moderna (Spikevax) and Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) vaccines.
“The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a level 4 travel health warning for Bosnia and Herzegovina due to COVID-19, which indicates a very high level of COVID-19 in the country. The risk of contracting COVID-19 and developing severe symptoms may be lower if you are fully vaccinated with an FDA-authorized vaccine, “the State Department noted. The same warning was issued for exactly the other three countries.
Figures provided by the World Health Organization (WHO) show that since the beginning of the pandemic, Bosnia and Herzegovina has recorded a total of 241,227 cases of infection, of which 275 have only been reported in recent years. 24 hours.
Belarus has identified a total of 559,715, of which 1,943 were reported in the last 24 hours, while Moldova has registered a total of 307,182 cases.
In contrast, Romania has registered 16,743 new cases in the last 24 hours, which is the highest number among the four countries, and the total number is 1,382,531.
Except for the four European countries, the same travel notice has also been issued for Cambodia and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.
In addition, last week, the State Department revealed that Americans are now being asked to refrain from traveling to Austria, Croatia and Latvia, as countries have a “No Travel” alert.
On the other hand, the Department of State has revealed that the situation of COVID-19 has improved in Spain, as the country has gone from level four to level three. The Czech Republic, the Faroe Islands, Gabon, South Korea and Uganda have also moved up to level three from the second level.
Earlier, SchengenVisaInfo.com reported that the US would allow entry to Europeans vaccinated with WHO-approved vaccines. This means that, except for vaccines currently recognized by the US, EU travelers vaccinated with AstraZeneca, including Covishield, Sinopharm and Sinovac, will be allowed to enter US territory once the entry ban is lifted.