Delta variant travel restrictions: Tourists wonder where they can go — and whether they should

The 2021 summer travel season started out full of hope and promise, but by the day, two words are threatening to dismantle it all.Delta variant.This more transmissible variation of the coronavirus was first detected in India in February, just when the United States and some other places around the world were starting to really gear up their vaccination efforts. It turned out to be a race against time: vaccines vs. Delta. And just like all other waves of the pandemic, travel feels the Covid impact quick and hard.From new travel advisories issued this week to Google searches on the topic in the past 24 hours, it’s clear the Delta variant is causing increasing worry and disruptions for governments and would-be travelers.

The Alfama district can be seen in Lisbon. The US moved Portugal to a “Level 4: Do not travel” advisory on Monday.
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On Monday, the US State Department and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued new advisories for five nations, citing the rise in Covid-19 cases:
— Cyprus (Level 4: Do not travel)
— Israel (Level 3: Reconsider travel)
— Kyrgyzstan (Level 4: Do not travel)
— Portugal (Level 4: Do not travel)
— Spain (Level 4: Do not travel)
The warning against travel to Spain is particularly significant as it is one of the most popular destinations in the world. As of Tuesday, however, all five of those places were still allowing US tourists to enter if they meet certain restrictions, according to the State Department’s listings. This comes even as the United States is grappling with its own Delta variant outbreak.

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