The warnings came as the White House also said it had no plans to lift broad restrictions on visitors from Britain, countries in Europe’s Schengen region and other nations such as Brazil, China, India and South Africa. Spain and Portugal have already reopened to U.S. travelers — and Canada said it would allow entry to vaccinated Americans beginning next month.
But, “given where we are today … with the delta variant, we will maintain existing travel restrictions at this point,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Monday.
The U.S. government, as it raised its travel advisories to the highest levels for Cyprus, Portugal and Spain, strongly urged U.S. residents to avoid all travel to those countries even if fully vaccinated. Similar warnings were issued for travel to Britain last week, as new cases soared and the government in London scrapped nearly all public health restrictions.
Because of the coronavirus situation in those countries, “even fully vaccinated travelers may be at risk for getting and spreading COVID-19 variants,” the CDC said.
For Israel, the West Bank and Gaza Strip, the CDC issued a slightly less severe Level 3 notice, “indicating a high level of COVID-19” in the country, and urged unvaccinated people to “avoid nonessential travel to Israel.”