Even though the travel restrictions are being eased by European Union/Schengen Area countries and further in the world, the United States continues to advise its citizens against taking non-essential trips.

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has been updating its travel advice for EU/Schengen Area countries regularly. However, no changes have been made since the beginning of the year, SchengenVisaInfo.com reports.

According to the data provided by CDC, all EU/Schengen Area countries currently have a “Level Four: Do Not Travel” advice. Some of the countries were added to the Level Four list earlier in 2021, while others were added later during the same year. The full list is as follows:

  • Austria (since October 2021)
  • Belgium (since November 2021)
  • Bulgaria (since September 2021)
  • Croatia (since October 2021)
  • Cyprus (since December 2021)
  • Czech Republic (since November 2021)
  • Denmark (since November 2021)
  • Estonia (since August 2021)
  • Finland (since December 2021)
  • France (since December 2021)
  • Germany (since November 2021)
  • Greece (since August 2021)
  • Hungary (since November 2021)
  • Iceland (since November 2021)
  • Ireland (since August 2021)
  • Italy (since December 2021)
  • Latvia (since October 2021)
  • Lithuania (since September 2021)
  • Luxembourg (since November 2021)
  • Malta (since December 2021)
  • Netherlands (since November 2021)
  • Norway (since September 2021)
  • Poland (since November 2021)
  • Portugal (since December 2021)
  • Romania (since January 2022)
  • Slovakia (since November 2021)
  • Slovenia (since September 2021)
  • Spain (since December 2021)
  • Sweden (since December 2021)
  • Switzerland (since August 2021)

The Level Four advice is the highest advisory level and means that all travellers, especially those who haven’t been vaccinated or recovered from the virus, must avoid taking unnecessary trips.

However, if someone has to take a trip to one of these countries, the authorities recommend that they receive all the required vaccine doses in order to avoid any health implications while abroad.

“Your risk of contracting COVID-19 and developing severe symptoms may be lower if you are fully vaccinated with an FDA authorized vaccine. Before planning any international travel, please review the CDC’s specific recommendations for fully vaccinated and unvaccinated travellers,” the statement of the US government reads.

Apart from meeting the requirement regarding the vaccination status, US citizens who plan on travelling to the EU are also advised to check if their destination country has other COVID-19 restrictions in place.

Currently, all EU/Schengen Area countries require travellers from third countries, including those from the US, to present valid proof of vaccination. Apart from that, some require third-country travellers to present a pre-entry test taken before entry, too, even if they have been fully vaccinated or recovered from the virus.

The US also keeps strict entry rules in place for travellers from the EU, more specifically for those who haven’t been vaccinated.

The Department of Homeland Security announced earlier this year that from January 22, only fully vaccinated travellers would be permitted entry to the US from land ports of entry and ferry terminals at the Mexico and Canada borders.

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