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The CDC Places 22 Nations As Very High Risk For U.S. Citizens

The CDC has updated its travel advisories on Monday with a whopping 22 destinations moved to the ‘Level 4: Very High Risk’ category. In contrast, the CDC only moved 3 nations to the ‘Level 4: Very High Risk’ category last week. 

The CDC places destinations on the ‘Level 4 Very High Risk’ category when they hit 500 cases per 100,000 people in the past 28 days. If countries have fewer than 100,000 people, it’s when they record 500 cases cumulatively. 

CDC Headquarters Sign - Atlanta GA

Among the nations to be moved to the CDCs ‘Level 4: Very High Risk’ categories were Australia and Argentina. Both nations have had strict border policies since the pandemic started. However, Omicron has caused cases to skyrocket in both nations. 

The 22 New ‘Very High Risk’ Destinations

  • Albania
  • Argentina
  • Australia
  • The Bahamas
  • Bahrain
  • Bermuda
  • Bolivia
  • The British Virgin Islands
  • Cape Verde
  • Egypt
  • Grenada
  • Guyana
  • Israel
  • Panama
  • Qatar
  • Saint Kitts and Nevis
  • Saint Lucia
  • São Tomé and Príncipe
  • Sint Maarten
  • Suriname
  • Turks and Caicos Islands
  • Uruguay

The biggest move was the British Virgin Islands. Last week, the CDC designated it as a  ‘Level 1: Low Risk’ destination. But this week the CDC has moved it to the ‘Level 4 Very High Risk’ category.

Grenada, a popular Caribbean island, was at ‘Level 2: Moderate Risk’ until last week before moving to the ‘Level 4 Very High Risk’ category this week. 

Looking out from a window on Virgin Gorda in the British Virgin Islands

The Situation In Europe 

The CDC has placed most of Europe on its ‘Level 4 Very High Risk’ category since the pandemic began. This week, the CDC has added Albania to its ‘Level 4 Very High Risk’. 

The following popular destinations for U.S. tourists are already on the ‘Level 4 Very High Risk’ category:

  • France
  • Germany 
  • Greece 
  • Iceland 
  • Ireland 
  • Italy 
  • Spain
  • The United Kingdom 
Couple taking selfies in front of famous Brandenburg Gate

However, last week the CDC also added Canada to the ‘Level 4 Very High Risk’ category. 

The CDC states travelers should avoid all non-essential travel to any destination on the ‘Level 4 Very High Risk’ category. If travelers need to visit these destinations, they should ensure they’re fully vaccinated.

However, these are only recommendations; U.S. tourists can still visit any of these nations on vacation, the CDC just highly recommends against it.  

Toronto Skyline at sunset with reflection - Toronto, Ontario, Canada

The Full List of ‘Level 4: Very High Risk’ Nations 

  • Albania
  • Andorra
  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Argentina
  • Aruba
  • Australia
  • Austria
  • The Bahamas
  • Bahrain
  • Barbados
  • Belgium
  • Belize
  • Bermuda
  • Bolivia
  • Bonaire
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Botswana
  • The British Virgin Islands
  • Bulgaria
  • Burkina Faso
  • Burma (Myanmar)
  • Canada
  • Cape Verde
  • Cayman Islands
  • The central African Republic
  • Chad
  • Croatia
  • Curaçao
  • Cyprus
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Dominica
  • Egypt
  • Estonia
  • Eswatini
  • Faroe Islands
  • Finland
  • France
  • Georgia
  • Germany
  • Gibraltar
  • Greece
  • Greenland
  • Grenada
  • Guernsey
  • Guyana
  • Haiti
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • Iraq
  • Ireland
  • Isle of Man
  • Israel
  • Italy
  • Jersey (part of the UK)
  • Jordan
  • Latvia
  • Lebanon
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Maldives
  • Malta
  • Martinique
  • Mauritius
  • Monaco
  • Montenegro
  • Namibia
  • The Netherlands
  • North Macedonia
  • Norway
  • Panama
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Qatar
  • Réunion
  • Russia
  • Saint Kitts and Nevis
  • Saint Lucia
  • San Marino
  • São Tomé and Príncipe
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Serbia
  • Seychelles
  • Sint Maarten
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Somalia
  • South Africa
  • South Sudan
  • Spain
  • Suriname
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • Turkey
  • Turks and Caicos Islands (U.K.)
  • Ukraine
  • United Kingdom
  • Uruguay

The New ‘Level 3 High Risk’ Destinations 

The CDC added a staggering 22 new destinations to the ‘Level 3 High Risk’ category. These countries have witnessed between 100 and 500 cases per 100,000 people in the last 28 days:

  • Costa Rica
  • Côte d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast)
  • Cuba
  • Fiji
  • Gabon
  • Ghana
  • Jamaica
  • Kuwait
  • Madagascar
  • Malawi
  • Mauritania
  • Morocco
  • Mozambique
  • Nigeria
  • Paraguay
  • The Philippines
  • Saba
  • Saint Barthelemy
  • Saint Pierre and Miquelon
  • Sint Eustatius
  • Togo
  • Uganda

Level 2, Level 1, and Cruising

There were no new additions to the ‘Level 1: Low-Risk’ category this week. However, the CDC has added India to its ‘Level 2 Moderate Risk’ category. Therefore, India has witnessed 50 to 99 cases per 100,000 people in the last 28 days. 

The CDC also placed cruise ships on the ‘Level 4: Very High Risk’ category in December 2021. The CDC says U.S. travelers should avoid all cruise travel, regardless of their vaccination status. 

Final Thoughts 

This is the biggest change the CDC has made for some time. Omicron cases are growing worldwide, but travel restrictions are decreasing in many places as countries understand Omicron’s severity. 

Travelers can still book trips to any of these destinations regardless.

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Dennis Mahood

Wednesday 19th of January 2022

Looks like the CDC doesn't want anyone leaving the country I guess they are scared we will want more freedom.


Friday 21st of January 2022

@Dennis Mahood, lol as if anyone listens to the CDC or the department of state