CDC Drops Travel Warning on More Than 20 Countries

CDC Drops Travel Warning on More Than 20 Countries

The US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has downgraded its risk advisory on several countries.

The CDC advises Americans not to travel to a certain country due to the potential to contract and spread COVID-19. The CDC considers a country a Level 4 risk if it reaches 500 or more confirmed cases of COVID-19 per 100,000 residents over a span of 28 days. 

However, regardless of a country’s warning level, it is worth keeping in mind that travel advisories alone cannot prevent American travellers from visiting a destination. 

On 4 April, the agency downgraded more than 20 countries.

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Dropping from Level 4 to Level 3 were Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belize, Canada, Grenada, Iran, Libya, Oman, Panama, Paraguay, Saint Lucia and Suriname.

Level 3 warnings are when travellers are asked to reconsider travel to that destination.

Canada is the second most visited international destination for American travellers.

Botswana, Eswatini, Iraq, South Africa and the Dominican Republic are now all at Level 2, while Ghana, Jamaica, Malawi, Morocco, Nepal and Pakistan were dropped to Level 1.

Level 2 warning is asking travellers to exercise increased caution and Level 1 is the lowest level where travellers are advised to exercise normal precautions.

Last week, the CDC dropped its health notice for cruise ship travel.

To get the latest update, visit the CDC website.

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On 5 April, the White House stated that there are no immediate plans to lift the COVID-19 testing requirement for inbound international travellers. 

In a press briefing, White House coronavirus response coordinator Jeff Zients says:

“No, there are no plans to change the international travel requirements at this point.”

Previously, the travel industry called for President Biden to drop the mask mandate and the requirement for testing, but so far the White House isn’t budging.

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