These countries are still classified as high travel risk by the CDC

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Top destinations for American travelers such as Canada, Costa Rica, France and the United Kingdom fall into Level 3

A few weeks ago, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in the United States changed their travel advisory levels. “Level 4 Special Conditions/Do Not Travel,” which used to be the highest risk category, is now restricted to extreme cases such as the collapse of healthcare infrastructure or the emergence of a new variant of COVID-19.

Level 3 is currently called ‘COVID-19 High’ and is the most severe category, and travelers are not advised of destinations at this level. A country is set at this level when there have been more than 100 cases of COVID-19 per 100,000 people over the past 28 days. at the moment there 109 countries in this categoryincluding the British Virgin Islands, a destination added last Monday.

If travelers visit high-risk Level 3 sites, they should have up-to-date vaccinations. The CDC considers those who visit destinations in this category to be at a higher risk of contracting COVID-19, especially without vaccinations or with a weakened immune system.

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Despite ease around the world travel restrictions and new routes and services offered by airlines, some popular destinations for American travelers have high risks. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, These major destinations are still at level 3:

  • Aruba
  • Belgium
  • Canada
  • Costa Rica
  • Cuba
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Italia
  • Portugal
  • Spain
  • United kingdom
An old wooden fishing boat in Cefalu, Sicily, Italy.

The United States is not on this list but is also in red in the map provided by the CDC.

Other destinations at Level 3

Travelers should stay updated on travel restrictions and CDC recommendations. To see all countries listed in each category, they should visit the COVID-19 Travel Recommendations by Destination page. But here’s a good summary of the most visited sites.

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Europe is perhaps the most popular continent for travelers on the list. The CDC considered these high-risk countries: Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Norway, the Netherlands, Portugal, Poland, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom.

In the Caribbean, these islands have high levels of COVID-19 according to information provided by the CDC: Aruba, Barbados, BVI, Cayman Islands, Cuba, Curaçao, and Dominica.

In North America, Canada and the United States are also classified as high risk. in Central America, Costa Rica, Guatemala and Panama; And in the south, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warned of Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Ecuador and Uruguay.

Australia and New Zealand are also classified as dangerous, and according to the agency, adventurous travelers visiting attractive destinations in Asia should remain cautious before visiting Japan, Thailand, Malaysia, Maldives or Vietnam, also listed in Tier 3.

CDC recommendations

Although many airlines have removed mask mandate and many countries have rescinded travel restrictions related to the coronavirus, the CDC is still urging travelers to wear masks during flights, and to stay up to date on coronavirus vaccines — including boosters. – and consider destination specific travel recommendations.

Currently, nearly 25 countries are at “Level 2: Moderate Covid-19” – which means 50 to 100 cases of the virus per 100,000 residents in the past 28 days. In this category are included such attractive destinations as Mexico, Bahamas, Fiji and Paraguay.

Those who prefer to follow the agency’s advice can visit destinations on “Level 1: COVID-19 Low,” which includes countries with 50 or fewer cases of COVID-19 per 100,000 people. There are more than 50 countries on this list, including such attractive destinations as Colombia, Jamaica, the Dominican Republic, the Philippines, and India.

The Tier Classes represent a dynamic system that is constantly changing and updated based on up-to-date information regarding each destination. Reviewing CDC updates and detailed information about a country is a good strategy for travelers who are going to visit foreign countries and want to stay safe.

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