Noting the CDC’s decision earlier Monday to raise its UK Risk Assessment Level for Covid-19 to “Level 4: Covid-19 Very High,” the department said in its updated travel advisory that there “are restrictions in place affecting US citizen entry into the United Kingdom.”
“Your risk of contracting Covid-19 and developing severe symptoms may be lower if you are fully vaccinated with an FDA authorized vaccine,” the advisory continues. “Before planning any international travel, please review the CDC’s specific recommendations for fully vaccinated and unvaccinated travelers.”
The department’s advisory level for the UK was most recently at “Level 3: Reconsider Travel” because of the pandemic.
While most of the UK’s adult population is now fully vaccinated, new cases are approaching 50,000 a day — the highest rate of infection since January — and hundreds of thousands more people have been told to isolate by a contact tracing app that tracks their possible exposure to someone who has been infected.
Despite Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland — the other, less populous, nations of the UK — being highly vaccinated, it is only England that moved to ease most restrictions on Monday.
Mandatory mask-wearing is gone, limits on the numbers of people who can mix indoor or outdoor have ended, social distancing will be limited to people who have tested positive for the virus and airports, and venues like nightclubs and sports stadiums are free to open at full capacity.
“This is becoming a pandemic of the unvaccinated,” CDC director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said last week.
CNN’s Luke McGee contributed to this report.