The CDC adds three island destinations to its high-risk travel category

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(CNN) – The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention added three island destinations to its “high-risk” category for travelers on Tuesday.

Anguilla, Jamaica and the Turks and Caicos Islands have all been moved to level 3, or “high” risk of contracting Covid-19.

The “High” level 3 risk category is now the first in terms of the level of risk. Level 2 is considered “moderate” risk, and level 1 is considered “low” risk.

Level 4, previously the highest risk category, is now reserved only for special circumstances, such as an extremely high case number, the emergence of a new worrying variable or a collapse in healthcare infrastructure. Under the new system, no destination has been placed at level 4 yet.

To summarize, the three destinations that moved into the “high stakes” column on Tuesday are:

• Turks and Caicos Islands

All three destinations have moved from level 2.

The ‘Level 3: Covid-19 High’ category now applies to countries with more than 100 cases per 100,000 residents in the past 28 days.

There were approximately 110 Level 3 destinations on May 31. Level 3 sites now represent just under half of the 235 places the CDC is monitoring.

Most of the Caribbean is now at Level 3 with a few exceptions, including Cuba, Dominican Republic and Saint Kitts and Nevis, which all moved to Level 2 on Tuesday.

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Many other popular travel destinations are also located at Level 3.

Much of Europe was stubbornly sheltered there as the summer travel season began. As of May 31, The following popular European destinations were among those that remained at Level 3:

• France
• Germany
• Greece
• Ireland
• Italia
• Holland
• Portugal
• Spain
• United kingdom

It is not only the European favorite that finds itself at level 3. Several notable travel destinations around the world are among those in the high-risk category, Including the following:

• Brazil
• Canada
• Costa Rica
• Malaysia
• South Korea
• Thailand

The CDC advises that you get your latest Covid-19 vaccinations before traveling to a Tier 3 destination. Being “up-to-date” means that you not only get your full initial vaccinations but also any boosters for which you are eligible.

Kuwaiti buildings are lit up in the colors of the national flag on February 20, 2021. Kuwait is now a “moderate” risk for Covid-19.

Yasser El-Zayat/AFP via Getty Images

Level 2

Destinations rated “Level 2: Moderate Covid-19” have reported 50 to 100 Covid-19 cases per 100,000 residents in the past 28 days. eight Among the places moved to this level on Tuesday:

• Bosnia and Herzegovina
• Cuba
• dominican republic
• Guyana
• Moldova
• Poland
• Saint Kitts and Nevis
• Tunisia

Dominican Republic, Guyana Saint Kitts and Nevis all moved up from level 1. The rest of the destinations fell in the level of risk from level 3.

There were about 20 destinations listed as Level 2 on May 31.

In its broader travel advisory, the CDC has recommended that you avoid international travel until you’ve been fully vaccinated.
If you are concerned about a travel health condition not related to Covid-19, check here.

Level 1

To be at ‘Level 1: Covid-19 Low’, a destination must have had 49 or fewer new cases per 100,000 residents in the past 28 days. Two destinations were added to the category on May 31:

• Kuwait
• Mauritania

Level 1 had over 50 entries as of Tuesday.


Finally, there are destinations that the CDC has deemed to have “unknown” risks due to a lack of information. Usually, but not always, these are small, remote places or places with constant war or unrest.

There were no additions to this category on Tuesday.

The CDC advises against travel to these places specifically because the risks are unknown. Destinations in this category include French Polynesia and the AzoresAnd the Cambodia and Tanzania.

Medical expert weighs in risk levels

Commuting rates are just “one guide” to travelers’ personal risk calculations, according to CNN medical analyst Dr. Leana Wen.

We have moved to “a stage in the pandemic where people need to make their own decisions based on their medical conditions as well as their own risk tolerance when it comes to contracting Covid-19,” said Wayne, an emergency physician and university professor. Health Policy and Management at The George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health.

Wen said there are other factors that should be weighed in addition to transmission rates.

“Another is what precautions are required and taken where you are going, and the third is what you plan to do once you get there,” she said.

“Do you plan to visit a lot of attractions and go to indoor bars? This is very different from going somewhere where you plan to lie on the beach all day and not interact with anyone else. This is completely different. These are very different levels of risk.”

Wen said vaccination is the most important safety factor for travel, as unvaccinated travelers are more likely to get sick and pass Covid-19 to others.

It’s also important to think about what you’ll do if you end up testing positive away from home. Where would you stay and how easy would it be to take a test back home?

Top photo: Anguilla beach. (Cedric Isham Calvados/AFP via Getty Images)

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