CDC eases travel recommendations for more than 110 countries

The US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced Tuesday that it has eased travel advisories for more than 110 countries and territories, including Japan, ahead of the Olympics.

According to Bloomberg, the US State Department said it was updating travel advisories due to changes in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) foreign travel guide.

The CDC recommends avoiding travel to countries with the fourth, highest threat level, where more than 500 cases per 100,000 population have occurred in the past 28 days. Some of these countries include at level 4 are Argentina, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Belgium, Brazil, India, Iraq, the Netherlands, North Korea, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Sri Lanka and Sweden.

For level 3 countries, the CDC recommends against travel to countries that are not important for people who are not vaccinated. These countries currently report 100-500 cases per 100,000 population. Among those now listed at level 3 are Canada, France, Germany, Indonesia, Iran, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, the Philippines, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland, Thailand, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom. 

For level 2, the agency recommends that unvaccinated travelers who are at serious risk of serious illness caused by Covid-19 should avoid visiting the country. These countries currently report 50-99 cases per 100,000 population. Level 2 countries are Bhutan, Cambodia, Finland, Guam, Kenya, Mauritius, Uganda.

Although level 1 countries are considered least-risk destinations and have reported fewer than 50 cases of Covid-19 per 100,000 people in the past 28 days, the CDC still recommends that you get vaccinated before traveling to these countries. And more than thirty territories manage to place themselves in the low risk level, including Australia, Brunei, China, Hong Kong, Israel, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Vietnam.

However, other countries fall into the “unknown” category, such as Ireland, Sudan, and Afghanistan. In these cases, the CDC recommends not traveling to these areas.

The CDC’s release comes in the same week that US President Joe Biden embarks on his first foreign trip, which will take him first to the UK and then to Brussels, where he will attend a NATO meeting and an EU-US summit that will end in Geneva with a bilateral meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

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