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CDC Eases Travel Recommendations on more than 100 Countries, Territories


Assist Alert: CDC Eases Travel Recommendations on more than 100 Countries, Territories


June 8, 2021



The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has eased travel recommendations for more than 100 countries and territories, including 61 nations that were lowered from a “Level 4” rating (highest rating that discouraged all travel) to recommending travel for fully vaccinated individuals. An additional 50 countries and territories have been lowered to “Level 2” or “Level 1.”

Countries ranked lowest for COVID-19 risks now include Singapore, Israel, South Korea, Iceland, Belize and Albania and those now listed at “Level 3,” are France, Ecuador, the Philippines, South Africa, Canada, Mexico, Russia, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, Honduras, Hungary, and Italy. For a complete list, please visit the CDC website.
The CDC said the change came after it revised its criteria for travel health notices - the new criteria for a Level 4 (“avoid all travel”) recommendation has changed from 100 cases per 100,000 to 500 COVID-19 cases per 100,000. It added that many countries have lower ratings “because of the criteria changes or because their outbreaks are better controlled.” The CDC said it expects more countries to get lower, more favorable travel ratings.


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