The CDC Marks Puerto Rico and Other 6 Destinations as Having “Very High” COVID-19 Risk

The CDC Marks Puerto Rico and Other 6 Destinations as Having “Very High” COVID-19 Risk

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) regularly updates a roster of travel advisories. Only almost a week ago, the government agency added six destinations with the “Very High” COVID-19 risk mark, and it now adds seven other countries to the same roster.

You can check out the CDC’s official website to see the travel advisories and also the refreshed list that contains the following newly-added countries:

  • Azerbaijan
  • Estonia
  • Guam
  • North Macedonia
  • Puerto Rico
  • Saint Lucia
  • Switzerland

The CDC is crystal clear by also writing on its official website:

As the COVID-19 situation around the world changes, CDC is monitoring COVID-19 risk in destinations around the world and making travel recommendations.

Therefore, if you need to travel to any of the aforementioned destinations, the Government agency says that you should first get vaccinated for the coronavirus.

What exactly is a “Very High” risk regarding COVID infection?

Surely everyone has their own definition for “very high”. But the same doesn’t apply to the CDC, as the agency is pretty straightforward in this situation. “Very High” in this case refers to the situation when a country had to deal with more than 500 infections per 100,000 residents over the last 28 days.

On August 23, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention marked the following destinations as posing a “Very High” COVID-19 risk: Morocco, Kosovo, Haiti, Lebanon, Sint Maarten, and Bahamas.

The situation looks pretty awful in Haiti. Except for the fact that the COVID-19 pandemic seems to cause a lot of trouble in the country, a strong earthquake of magnitude 7.2 has also hit the area recently.

What do you think about the CDC’s updated list? Will you avoid traveling to any of the countries mentioned? Do you consider vaccinating before starting the trip? Feel free to express your thoughts in the comment section!


Even since he was a child, Cristian was staring curiously at the stars, wondering about the Universe and our place in it. Today he's seeing his dream come true by writing about the latest news in astronomy. Cristian is also glad to be covering health and other science topics, having significant experience in writing about such fields.

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