On Monday afternoon, the world’s largest country by area (covering more than 17 million square kilometers or 6.6 million square miles), moved up to Level 4, the agency’s highest risk category. It was previously listed as Level 3, or “high” risk for Covid-19.

Belgium was also among a handful of destinations added to the Level 4 category.

Destinations that fall into the “Covid-19 Very High” Level 4 category have had more than 500 cases per 100,000 residents in the past 28 days, according to CDC criteria.

People should avoid traveling to locations designated with a “Level 4” notice, the CDC recommends. Anyone who must travel should be fully vaccinated first, the agency advises.

An aerial view of the Moskva River and downtown Moscow in November 2018. Russia has been deemed "very high" risk for travel by the CDC.

An aerial view of the Moskva River and downtown Moscow in November 2018. Russia has been deemed “very high” risk for travel by the CDC.

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A total of four destinations moved to Level 4 on November 1:

• Belgium
• Burkina Faso
• Russia
• Slovakia

Popular favorites remaining on Level 4

 A view of Bonis Windmill and the Old Port of Mykonos, Greece. This popular vacation nation remains at the CDC's Level 4.

A view of Bonis Windmill and the Old Port of Mykonos, Greece. This popular vacation nation remains at the CDC’s Level 4.

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Many popular international vacation spots remained lodged at this highest level of alert, evidence of Covid-19’s continuing grip. There were nearly 80 countries at Level 4 as of November 1. The current list of Level 4 destinations includes:

• Austria
• Barbados
• Botswana
• Croatia
• Greece
• Ireland
• Maldives
• Switzerland
• Thailand
• Turkey
• United Kingdom

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