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Avoid Travel to Canada, CDC Advises as COVID Cases Rise – NBC Boston

Avoid Travel to Canada, CDC Advises as COVID Cases Rise – NBC Boston
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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advises Americans to avoid travel to Canada due to the rise in COVID-19 cases in the country.

In the new travel health notice, the CDC ranks Canada at level 4 for transmission of COVID-19, the highest level on the scale. For more information on the specific CDC standards that define levels, click here.

If you must travel, the agency says you should get a full vaccination beforehand and take precautions such as wearing a face mask and social distancing. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) warns that vaccinated travelers remain at risk of infection and spread of COVID-19 variants such as omicron.

Cross-border travel has been limited during the pandemic but over time the restrictions have slowly fallen back, with talk as recently as November allowing more flexibility for leisure travel to allow for more travel between countries. However, on December 15, the Canadian government, which is monitoring the rise in omicron cases around the world, advised its citizens to avoid any non-essential global travel.

The CDC recommends a viral test one to three days before any international flight. A negative COVID-19 test result is not required more than one day prior to travel upon your return to the United States. As with any trip, check local rules and restrictions before you travel. Different airlines have different safety protocols, including testing requirements and vaccines in some cases.

If you are sick, have been in a period of COVID-19 isolation or have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, you should not travel at all, the CDC says.

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