The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) included this past Monday three countries neighboring Spain, Portugal, France and Andorra, in the “high risk” red level for COVID-19.
The last recommendation on Spain was published last October 12, when our country was included in the “high risk” Level Three and it was recommended to “reconsider travel”. “Your risk of contracting COVID-19 and developing severe symptoms may be lower if you are fully vaccinated with an FDA (U.S. Food and Drug Administration) authorized vaccine”, the CDC stated.
On the other hand, the U.S. control and prevention agency included this past Monday Portugal, France and Andorra in Level Four of “very high risk” and recommended to “avoid travel” to these three countries neighboring Spain. Level Four alert applies to countries with a cumulative incidence of more than 500 cases per 100,000 inhabitants in the last 28 days. The latest cumulative incidence in Spain is 208 cases per 100,000 population in the past 14 days.
In these three countries, the CDC warns that travelers should ensure that they are “fully vaccinated” before departure, but cautions that “because of the current situation” in Portugal, France and Andorra, “even fully vaccinated travelers may be at risk for getting and spreading COVID-19 variants”.
As for Spain’s non-European neighbor, the CDC has included Morocco in the Level Four alert since December 1, so it is recommended “do not travel” to this country. However, in this case the recommendation is apparently unnecessary, as the government in Rabat has suspended all scheduled passenger flights to or from Morocco for a period of two weeks, from November 29 to December 13. There are currently no direct commercial flights to the United States.