US travellers are being advised to “avoid all travel to Bermuda” now that the Centres for Disease Control (CDC) has changed the island’s classification to “Level 4: Very High Level of COVID-19 in Bermuda.

The island is now listed as one of 175 countries that the CDC recommends should be avoided due to a “very high risk” of catching or spreading the coronavirus.

Visitors were also being urged to get tested before leaving and returning to the United States and to quarantine at home.

“During travel, wear a mask, stay at least six feet from people who are not travelling with you, wash your hands often or use hand sanitiser, and watch your health for signs of illness,” the website says.

Any foreign nationals who have been to several other countries, including the UK and Europe will be refused entry to the US, the website added.

If you must travel, the CDC advisory states:

  • Before you travel, get tested with a viral test 1–3 days before your trip. Do not travel if you are waiting for test results, test positive, or are sick. Follow all entry requirements for your destination and provide any required or requested health information.
  • During travel, wear a mask, stay at least 6 feet from people who are not travelling with you, wash your hands often or use hand sanitiser, and watch your health for signs of illness.
  • Before travelling back to the United States, get tested with a viral test 1–3 days before travel. Follow all destination and airline recommendations or requirements.
  • After you travel, get tested 3–5 days after travel AND stay home for 7 days after travel.
  • If you don’t get tested, it’s safest to stay home for 10 days.
  • If you had a known exposure to COVID-19 while travelling, delay travel, quarantine from other people, get tested, and monitor your health.