US discourages travel to Belgium amid rising cases

US discourages travel to Belgium amid rising cases
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The United States' Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has warned its citizens to avoid travel to Belgium as a rise in the number of new Covid-19 cases has been recorded.

The announcement was made by the CDC on Monday, as the number of new infections increased to more than 6,000, while hospitalisations have reached levels similar to those recorded in May.

"Avoid travel to Belgium. Because of the current situation in Belgium, even fully vaccinated travellers may be at risk for getting and spreading Covid-19 variants," the statement read.

The CDC, which discourages international travel for all non-vaccinated people, uses four levels of infection risks on which it bases its travel advice, and on Monday put Belgium on its highest danger level (Level 4).

The CDC's international travel map. Credit: CDC

Another three countries were added to the list of more than 80 high-risk destinations, including Russia, Slovakia and Burkina Faso.

Meanwhile, countries such as France, the Netherlands, Italy and Spain remain at Level 3, signifying a High level of Covid-19. For these countries, the CDC recommends that people are fully vaccinated before travelling and that unvaccinated travellers avoid nonessential travel to these destinations.

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Vaccinated people travelling to the US need to show proof of vaccination and a negative PCR test taken no more than 3 days before travel, while non-vaccinated people have to provide a negative Covid-19 test result taken no more than 1 day before travel.

Upon arrival, travellers have to get tested three to five days after travel. Those who don’t get tested have to stay home and self-quarantine for ten days after travel.

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