The United States has added eight countries to its level 4 ‘Do Not Travel’ list because of rising cases of COVID-19 within the country.
Every week, the CDC reviews its list of countries and places countries on either level 1, level 2, level 3, or level 4. Destinations that fall under the “COVID-19 Very High” level 4 category must have more than 500 cases of COVID-19 per 100,000 people.
Here is the guidance from the CDC regarding the levels:
- Level 4, COVID-19 Very High: “avoid travel to these destinations. If you must travel to these destinations, make sure you are fully vaccinated before travel.”
- Level 3, COVID-19 High: “make sure you are fully vaccinated before traveling to these destinations. Unvaccinated travelers should avoid nonessential travel to these destinations.
- Level 2, COVID-19 Moderate: “make sure you are fully vaccinated before traveling to these destinations. Unvaccinated travelers who are at increased risk for severe illness from Covid-19 should avoid nonessential travel to these destinations.”
- Level 1, COVID-19 Low: “Make sure you are fully vaccinated before traveling to these destinations.”
Various popular tourist destinations are already on the level 4 list, including:
- The United Kingdom
- U.S Virgin Islands
- The Bahamas
The CDC advises that people should avoid traveling to these destinations. However, anyone who must travel should be fully vaccinated first. Last week, the United States added Jamaica, Guam, Saint Lucia, and Switzerland to its level 4 ‘Do Not Travel’ list.
Various nations from the Caribbean and islands in the Indian Ocean have joined the level 4 list, which is the list with the highest cases of COVID-19.
The New Nations On The Level 4 List
The CDC has added the following countries to the level 3 ‘Do Not Travel’ list:
- Saint Kitts and Nevis
The New Nations On The Level 3 List
The United States has moved Brazil, Romania, Australia, and Ethiopia to its level 3 list. As a result, Brazil has moved down from level 4, and Australia, Romania, and Ethiopia moved up from the level 2 list.
Australia, which many saw as the COVID-19 success story of the world, has struggled to contain the Delta variant after pursuing a zero-COVID policy successfully since March 2020.
The CDC has recommended against all international travel unless you’re fully vaccinated. The agency stated, “Fully vaccinated travelers are less likely to get and spread Covid-19. However, international travel poses additional risks, and even fully vaccinated travelers might be at increased risk for getting and possibly spreading some Covid-19 variants.”
The Nations On The Level 1 and Level 2 List
There are 30 destinations on the level 1 list, and these include Hong Kong, Hungary, New Zealand, and Taiwan. Moreover, Egypt, Singapore, and the Czech Republic are on the level 2 list.
Although the CDC recommends that you should be fully vaccinated if you visit these nations, the cases of COVID-19 are lower than in the United States right now.
Many Americans are still traveling to Europe despite the EU declaring that EU member states should enforce restrictions on U.S tourists. As of yet, most EU nations haven’t changed their restrictions apart from Sweden, Spain, France, Denmark, and Italy.
The CDC has seven EU nations on its Level 4 ‘Do Not Travel’ list. These include France, Iceland, Ireland, Portugal, Spain, Greece, and Estonia.
As the pandemic continues to grow worldwide, travel is far from getting back to normal. And the CDC’s constantly changing guidelines prove that.
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Disclaimer: Current travel rules and restrictions can change without notice. The decision to travel is ultimately your responsibility. Contact your consulate and/or local authorities to confirm your nationality’s entry and/or any changes to travel requirements before traveling. Travel Off Path does not endorse traveling against government advisories