The new CDC guide for travelers | Where are Americans not recommended to go?

The new CDC guide for travelers | Where are Americans not recommended to go?

As more people get vaccinated and COVID-19 becomes easier to contain, health authorities are issuing new recommendations for travelers.

For example, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has updated its international travel guide to give specific advice to both vaccinated and unvaccinated travelers.

In particular, in the new guidelines, 33 countries, including Iceland, Israel and Singapore, were moved to the lowest risk category.

According to the CDC, in these recommendations, they seek to «better differentiate countries with serious outbreaks» from countries where the spread of COVID-19 is «under control».

What does the CDC advise travelers?

The CDC determines the threat level by the number of cases of coronavirus in a particular country. Regardless of which category a country belongs to, the Centers advise all travelers to get vaccinated before flying — but the recommendations for unvaccinated people vary depending on how serious the pandemic is in each country.

The CDC asks to avoid traveling to countries where the highest threat level is recorded 4 — and over the past 28 days, more than 500 cases per 100 thousand residents have been registered. Tier 4 countries include such States as Brazil, India and Iraq.

For countries with a threat level of 3-such as Mexico, Russia and Iran — the CDC does not recommend travel unless absolutely necessary, unless you are vaccinated. Currently, from 100 to 500 cases per 100 thousand inhabitants are registered in these countries.

If the country has a threat level of 2, unvaccinated travelers belonging to risk groups are not recommended to travel. In these countries — such as Finland, Cambodia and Kenya — 50-99 cases per 100 thousand people are currently registered.

Finally, countries with a threat level of 1, such as Australia and New Zealand, are considered countries with the lowest risk of morbidity. In the last 28 days, less than 50 cases of COVID-19 have been registered there. However, the CDC still recommends getting vaccinated before traveling.

Threat level 4: Very high risk of COVID-19 infection

The full list of countries and regions where the fourth level of threat is recorded is as follows:

  • Haiti
  • Nicaragua
  • North Korea
  • Uzbekistan
  • Sri Lanka
  • Argentina
  • Bahrain
  • Bangladesh
  • Belgium
  • Bolivia
  • Brazil
  • Myanmar
  • Cape Verde
  • Central African Republic
  • Chile
  • Colombia
  • Costa Rica
  • Croatia
  • Cuba
  • Easter Island
  • Egypt
  • Estonia
  • Ethiopia
  • Guiana
  • Georgia
  • Guinea
  • Guinea-Bissau
  • India
  • Iraq
  • Jamaica
  • Kuwait
  • Latvian
  • Lesotho
  • Lithuania
  • Madagascar
  • Maldives
  • Mali
  • Mongolia
  • Namibia
  • Nepal
  • Pakistan
  • Paraguay
  • Reunion
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Seychelles
  • Slovenia
  • Somalia
  • South Sudan
  • Suriname
  • Sweden
  • Syria
  • Republic of the Czech Republic
  • Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • Dominican Republic
  • Madeira Islands
  • Netherlands
  • Republic of the Congo
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • Uruguay
  • Venezuela
  • Yemen

The lists of countries where the third, second and first threat levels are recorded can be viewed here.