The warning is issued on the CDC website.
The travel health notices are based on a 4-level system that goes as follow:
- “Level 4: Very high level of COVID-19
- Travellers should avoid all travel to these destinations.
- Level 3: High level of COVID-19
- Travellers should avoid all nonessential travel to these destinations.
- Level 2: Moderate level of COVID-19
- Travellers at increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19 should avoid all nonessential travel to these destinations.
- Level 1: Low level of COVID-19
The CDC issued a top-level warning against travelling to Canada: “Because of the current situation in Canada even fully vaccinated travellers may be at risk for getting and spreading COVID-19 variants.”
The CDC recommended that those who must travel to Canada be fully vaccinated and respect mask-wearing, social distancing and hand sanitizing.
Although deaths and hospitalizations remain stable in most parts of Canada, cases have been trending upwards due to the spread of new, more contagious, COVID variants such as the P.1 from Brazil or the B1351 from South Africa.
The increasing spread in Canada is largely due to the poor vaccine rollout.
Canada has been lagging behind on the vaccination campaign from the beginning. The Trudeau government’s inactions and reliance on Chinese and international suppliers left the country with very few doses for months.