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Malta added to ‘very high’ travel risk for the US

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have added Malta, alongside another 15 countries to the ‘very high’ risk for travellers list.

The list urges people to avoid travelling to these locations and adds that anyone still making the decision to travel to Malta, should be fully vaccinated first.

“Fully vaccinated travellers are less likely to get and spread COVID-19. However, international travel poses additional risks, and even fully vaccinated travellers might be at an increased risk for getting and possibly spreading some COVID-19 variants,” said the CDC in a statement.

The bad news was announced as a variety of new variants, including the ‘Florida variant’ begin to be discovered.

Can I travel to the US from Malta?

As it stands, direct travel for non-US citizens from a number of countries, has been suspended since January 2021, following an executive order. These include countries such as Malta, Germany and Greece. According to the US government, the plan is to keep the travel ban in place, as numbers surge with the spread of the Delta variant.

The following 16 destinations, including Malta, were moved to the CDC’s Level 4, ‘very high’ risk category: Andorra, Curacao, Gibraltar, Greece, Guadeloupe, Iran, Ireland, Isle of Man, Kazakhstan, Lesotho, Libya, Malta, Martinique, Saint Barthelemy, Saint Martin and the US Virgin Islands.

The COVID-19 levels, according to the CDC, are as follows: Level 1 is low, Level 2 is moderate, Level 3 is High and Level 4 is very high.

What do you think of Malta being a Level 4?