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Just as the Bahamas prepares to welcome back the cruise industry in time for the summer season, the CDC has issued a warning to Americans to “avoid all travel” to the island nation.
Raising its warning to a Level 4 due to “very high levels of COVID-19,” the CDC issued the following statement on its website:
“Because of the current situation in the Bahamas even fully vaccinated travelers may be at risk for getting and spreading COVID-19 variants and should avoid all travel to the Bahamas.”
“If you must travel to the Bahamas, get fully vaccinated before travel,” the CDC urged. “All travelers should wear a mask, stay 6 feet from others, avoid crowds and wash their hands.”
As travelers face ongoing risks due COVID-19, we have updated our Travel Advisories to better reflect @CDC’s science-based Travel Health Notices. We also considered logistics like testing availability and travel restrictions for U.S. citizens. https://t.co/Eu0gas8DZg. pic.twitter.com/R7GMnk8DIN
— Travel – State Dept (@TravelGov) April 19, 2021
According to USA Today, the State Department said it is raising the alert level for a significant number of countries this week due to rising COVID numbers and variants.
“As travelers face ongoing risks due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Department of State will begin updating its travel advisories this week to better reflect the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s science-based Travel Health Notices that outline current issues affecting travelers’ health,” the department said in a statement reported by USA Today. “Our advisories also take into account logistical factors, including in-country testing availability and current travel restrictions for U.S. citizens.”
“In light of those risks, the Department of State strongly recommends U.S. citizens reconsider all travel abroad,” the State Department said.