The Centre For Desease Control on Monday added Israel to the list of high-risk countries, deterring Americans from traveling to the Jewish nation.
The US has now placed Israel in Level 4 of CDC’s high-risk countries, advising Americans to stop traveling to Israel after giving the country its highest risk warning for Covid-19.
Apart from Israel, France, Thailand, and Iceland are in the CDC’s highest tier for Covid-19 levels. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention gave all four nations, along with Aruba and French Polynesia, a Level 4 ranking that denotes “very high” levels of Covid-19.
The high-risk restrictions on Israel come as the country recently reimposed restrictions including indoor mask use and remote work for half of its public sector employees as it faces a surge in new infections driven by the more transmissible Delta variant.
As it stands, the CDC uses a four-tier system ranging from “low” to “very high” levels of Covid-19 to categorize international travel destinations as well as US territories. As per the CDC website, the agency recommends US citizens to “Avoid travel to Israel. If you must travel to Israel, make sure you are fully vaccinated before travel. Because of the current situation in Israel, even fully vaccinated travelers may be at risk for getting and spreading COVID-19 variants.”
Meanwhile, according to sources and reports, Israel is also planning on travel to the US and is considering adding the nation to the list of “red” countries.