Canada has been moved into the more severe Level 3 travel advisory for Americans, which means the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that U.S. travellers "reconsider travel" to Canada.
"The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 3 Travel Health Notice due to COVID-19, indicating a high level of COVID-19 in the country," the information from the U.S. government reads.
"Your risk of contracting COVID-19 and developing severe symptoms may be lower if you are fully vaccinated with an FDA authorized vaccine."
The CDC states that travellers to Canada "may be at risk for getting and spreading COVID-19 variants."
Travel advisories for Bermuda, Germany and Moldova were also raised to Level 3, while Azerbaijan, Estonia, Laos, North Macedonia, St. Lucia and Switzerland are now Level 4, highest risk, "do not travel" countries by the U.S.
Several people took to social media to call out the irony of the increased risk measures.
U.S. government is urging citizens not to travel to Canada due to covid concerns.
New cases on August 30th:
I’m good with that.
— Sid Seixeiro (@Sid_Seixeiro) August 31, 2021
Huh. Funny bc I’d rather not hear about Americans coming to Canada until they’ve reduced their numbers significantly. So this is good? I guess.
— ahhh nuts! (@thewedgees) August 31, 2021
I have absolutely no idea why we even opened the border for the U.S. to begin with. When they do open, it should be reciprocal.
— Marg Anne (@NanaMargAnne) August 31, 2021
Considering our border town has one of the highest positivity rates… we agree you should stay in the US. #VaccinePassports
— Rachel #DesignAtHome 🇨🇦🏠😷🫀🍑 (@ineedwebdesign) August 31, 2021
Have they seen their numbers? Maybe they should recommend that people not travel to FL, TX, TN, SC!
And I’m a US citizen!
— Don Flowers (@donflowers16) August 31, 2021