CDC Releases New Travel Tips For Over 120 Countries
The update includes the relocation of 33 countries, including Iceland, Israel and Singapore, to the lowest risk category.
The CDC’s revised guidelines on travel health advisories for Covid-19 aim to “better differentiate countries with severe epidemic situations” from countries in which Covid-19 is “supported, but controlled”.
CDC threat levels are determined by the number of Covid-19 cases in a given country. At each level, the CDC recommends getting vaccinated, but its advice for unvaccinated people varies depending on the severity of the pandemic in each country.
The CDC recommends avoiding travel to countries with Level 4, the highest threat level, which have recorded more than 500 cases per 100,000 population in the past 28 days. Tier 4 countries include countries such as Brazil, India, and Iraq.
For Level 3 countries, like Mexico, Russia, and Iran, the CDC advises against non-essential travel for those who are not vaccinated. These countries are currently reporting 100 to 500 cases per 100,000 inhabitants.
At level 2, the agency recommends that unvaccinated travelers who are at serious risk of contracting serious illness from Covid-19 to avoid traveling. These countries, such as Finland, Cambodia and Kenya, are currently reporting 50 to 99 cases per 100,000.
Finally, Level 1 countries like Australia and New Zealand are considered the least risky destinations and have reported fewer than 50 cases of Covid-19 in the past 28 days. The CDC always recommends getting the vaccine before traveling to a low-risk location.