Destinations such as Canada, Mexico, Japan, Italy, France and Germany dropped from a Level 4 “COVID-19 very high” alert to Level 3 “COVID-19 high” alert in a Monday update to the CDC’s travel recommendations list, which assesses each country’s health and safety risk for travelers. Travelers are advised to be fully vaccinated.
Now the countries are rated based on the number of COVID-19 cases that were reported there in the past 28 days per 100,000 population. According to the guidance, the gradation goes as follows:
- “Level 4” is more than 500 cases; - “Level 3” is 100 to 500 cases; - “Level 2 Moderate” has 50 to 99; - “Level 1 Low” has fewer than 50, the guidance says.
Nevertheless, at “Level 4,” there still are Argentina, North Korea, Costa Rica, Chile, Cuba and Jamaica among other countries.
India, which has had trouble with their vaccine rollout and a recent surge in coronavirus cases, is ranked at “Level 4” by the CDC. According to their statement regarding this country:
“Because of the current situation in India, even fully vaccinated travelers may be at risk for getting and spreading COVID-19 variants.”
Countries with the lowest number of COVID-19 cases, which are ranked “Level 1,” include Israel, Iceland, Belize, Fiji, Singapore, Hong Kong, Australia and New Zealand, along with more listed in the guidance.
Among “Level 2” ranked countries there are Bermuda, Barbados, Finland and Kenya, among others.
The Centres for Disease Control and Prevention recommend strongly against nonessential travel to countries rated a “Level 3” for unvaccinated individuals and suggests all the tourists to avoid traveling to “Level 4” countries.
Travel has noticeably increased in the United States, with the number of people passing through US airports reaching pre-pandemic levels earlier this week and potential delays through security are expected due to crowds at airports across the country.
In accordance with the latest data from the Transportation Security Administration, on Sunday airports screened 1,984,658 people at checkpoints, which is the highest number since the beginning of the pandemic. That is a whole 350 percent increase from last year when 441,255 passengers were screened through airports on the 6th of June.