CDC, State Department raise COVID travel warning advising against travel to Bermuda, Antigua

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the State Department have both advised against traveling to Antigua and Barbuda, Bermuda and Guyana due to COVID-19.

On Monday, the CDC added the destinations to its "Level 4: COVID-19 Very High" list advising against travel and recommending visitors "make sure you are fully vaccinated before travel" if they must go there.

A man sailboards in the waters off Long Bay Beach in in Somerset, Bermuda on June 22, 2017.
A man sailboards in the waters off Long Bay Beach in in Somerset, Bermuda on June 22, 2017.

The State Department followed suit Tuesday classifying Antigua and Barbuda, Bermuda and Guyana as "Level 4: Do Not Travel" destinations due to COVID-19.

The agency also advised travelers to exercise increased caution in Guyana due to violent crime, warning "local police lack the resources to respond effectively to serious criminal incidents."

Additionally, the State Department advised travelers to reconsider going to New Caledonia, Sao Tome and Principe, Kuwait, Colombia, Cambodia and Bonaire for both COVID-related reasons and other reasons. It also advised exercising increased caution in Zambia because of COVID.

The CDC assesses COVID-19 risk based on each destination's new cases and new case trajectory. The Travel Health Notice level can be raised if a large increase in COVID-19 cases is reported or a destination's case count meets or exceeds the threshold for a higher level for 14 straight days. Level 4 destinations have more than 500 new cases per 100,000 people over the past 28 days or more than 500 cases period if their population is smaller than 100,000.

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Contributing: Eve Chen, USA TODAY

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