CDC changes travel warnings, reserving level 4 for extreme cases
The three lower level warnings will continue to be determined primarily by the 28-day incidence of the coronavirus or the number of cases. “With this new configuration, travelers will have a more actionable alert for when they should not travel to a certain destination (Level 4), regardless of vaccination status, until we have a better understanding of the COVID-19 situation at this destination,” the statement continued.
CDC’s Not Traveling List, Explained
During the pandemic, the CDC updated its list of countries travelers should avoid because of the coronavirus weekly, with its “Level 4” warning indicating very high levels of coronavirus and asking all travelers to avoid The area.
Since its last update on April 11, about 90 countries fall into this category, including Australia, Italy and the United Kingdom.
The State Department also shares its own opinions. These include threats such as terrorism and natural disasters, while considering CDC recommendations.
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Last month, in a letter to the White House’s new coronavirus response coordinator, Ashish Jha, the US Travel Association called for an end to “avoid travel” advisories, among other travel practices in the event of pandemic.
“The CDC should ensure that Americans are not deterred from traveling to a location where COVID-19 case rates are at or below prevailing case rates in the United States,” reads the statement. letter. “As conditions continue to improve, the CDC should end all ‘avoid travel’ advisories for those vaccinated.”
However, the advisory system still has a useful function.
“Travel advisories from the U.S. State Department and the CDC are accurate and up to date,” Abinash Virk, former head of travel clinic at Mayo Clinic in Minnesota and travel specialist, previously told The Washington Post via email. infectious diseases. “These are reliable and extremely useful resources for determining whether or not travel to a certain location will be safe from a COVID-19 perspective.”
Last month, the CDC removed cruises from its list of travel advisories. It included advisories for cruise ships since March 2020, when cruise lines stopped sailing from US waters for more than a year.