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The CDC Has Issued 13 New COVID-19 Travel Advisories This Week 

For the third week running, the CDC hasn’t added any destinations to its highest-risk level 4 category. However, last week, the CDC lowered its travel advisory for vacation hotspots Jamaica and the Dominican Republic.

The CDC lowered its COVID-19 travel advisories for 13 nations total, including 3 Caribbean nations close to U.S shores.

The CDC issues travel advisories based on the health risk posed to Americans from visiting specific countries due to COVID-19.

They have 4 categories:

  • Level 4: Highest-Risk 
  • Level 3: High-Risk
  • Level 2: Moderate-Risk
  • Level 1: Low-Risk

Although the CDC doesn’t suggest Americans can’t visit the highest-risk destinations, they suggest all Americans should be fully vaccinated if they travel.

Of course, this is up to individual Americans. 

Jamaica And The Dominican Republic 

The CDC moved the Dominican Republic to its Level 2: Moderate-Risk category last week due to decreasing COVID-19 cases. The current 7-day case average is only 46, down from almost 6,000 in January 2022. 

The CDC also moved Jamaica to its Level 1: Low-Risk category as the current 7-day case average hits 26, down from 1402 in January. 

Not only have these destinations—which are highly popular destinations for Americans—witnessed huge decreases in COVID-19 cases, but they’ve also removed most of their COVID-19 restrictions for U.S. travelers. 

But What About The Rest Of The World?

CDC: Level 4 Highest-Risk Category 

The CDC hasn’t added to its Level 4: Highest-Risk category this week. However, many major European destinations will remain at level 4, including:

  • France 
  • The United Kingdom 
  • Germany 
  • Ireland
  • Italy 
  • Malta 
  • The Netherlands 
  • Portugal 
  • Spain 

The CDC has also kept Hong Kong, South Korea, Thailand, Aruba, Australia, Bermuda, Costa Rica, Brazil, and Chile at the highest risk level. The CDC advises against all travel—unless it’s utterly essential—to all level 4 destinations. 

The CDC issues Level 4 Highest-Risk category travel advisories to nations with over 500 cases per 100,000 residents in the previous 28 days. 

As Europe continues to live with COVID-19, it’s unlikely we’ll see many of these nations leave the Level 4: Highest-Risk category unless the CDC stops its COVID-19 travel advisories. 

CDC: Level 3 High-Risk Category

The CDC added Egypt and Saint Martin to its Level 3: High-Risk category this week. Previously, both destinations were in the Level 4: Highest-Risk category. 

People who want to visit Europe, but avoid Level 4 Highest-Risk destinations can visit:

  • Albania 
  • Armenia 
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Kosovo 

The CDC issues Level 3: High-Risk Category travel advisories to countries with 100 to 500 cases per 100,000 people in the previous 28 days. 

CDC: Level 2 And Level 1

The CDC added only one destination to its Level 2: Covid-19 Moderate-Risk list. The South American nation of Guyana saw its risk warning drop from level 3 to level 2. 

Destinations on the Level 2: Covid-19 Moderate-Risk list have witnessed 50 to 99 cases per 100,000 residents in the previous 28 days. 

Nonetheless, in a promising move for travelers, 7 destinations moved to Level 1: Covid-19 Low-Risk list, including:

  • Bangladesh
  • Haiti
  • Myanmar
  • The Philippines
  • Saint Kitts and Nevis
  • Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Saudi Arabia

Destinations must have had fewer than 50 cases per 100,000 residents in the previous 28 days to be on the Level 1: Covid-19 Low-Risk list. 

Final Thoughts 

The CDC updates its travel advisories every Monday; shortly after, the U.S. State Department will update its travel advisories too.

Usually, the U.S. State Department copies the CDC’s travel advisories based on COVID-19 cases within the country. They will also factor in safety, crime, weather, and other issues which may affect American tourists. 

We will always bring you the latest travel advisories from the CDC and the U.S. State Department as soon as they’re announced.

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