Stay home: CDC advice to Americans considering a trip north of the border

Canada remains one of the top foreign destinations for Americans

We are the north, but we are not the place Americans should visit.

The U.S. Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has elevated their travel recommendation to Level Four, telling Americans they should not travel to Canada.

Level Four is the highest level of warning and at least 80 countries are on the list, including Italy, France and the UK.

The CDC says if people must travel to Canada, they should make sure they are fully vaccinated.

Canada remains one of the top foreign destinations for Americans.

In November, the United States lifted restrictions at its land borders with Canada and Mexico for fully vaccinated foreign nationals that ended a curb on non-essential travellers, something that was in place since March 2020 in response to the pandemic.

Canada advised residents in March 2020 not to travel abroad for non-essential reasons like tourism. It withdrew the notice in October — before the first Omicron variant cases were reported — citing the success of vaccination campaigns.

Last month, the federal government implored residents not to leave the country for non-essential travel.

Reuters reported on Monday that COVID-19 hospitalizations in the U.S. reached a record-high 132,646, surpassing the record of just over 132,000 set in January last year.