CDC adds Japan, more destinations to highest advisory list

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is still adding destinations to its highest COVID-19 advisory list, even as COVID-19 continues to decline in the US

On Monday, the CDC added another set of destinations to its Tier 4 advisory list: Very High COVID-19. Most notably, the CDC added Cuba, Israel and Japan to the list this week, bringing the total number of destinations covered by this advisory to nearly 140 worldwide.

Other destinations that currently fall into this Tier 4 category include Canada, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Spain and the UK. It also includes Mexico as well as a number of Caribbean destinations, which are among the most recent additions to the list.

All destinations that fall under this Level 4 advisory are there because they have recorded more than 500 cases of COVID-19 per 100,000 population in the last 28 days.

While the CDC’s list is only a recommendation for US travelers, moving Mexico, which has been one of the most resilient tourist destinations during the pandemic, to Level 4 increases the level of precautions the CDC wants. that travelers take.

For example, the CDC advises travelers planning to enter Tier 4 countries to be fully immunized with an FDA-cleared vaccine or a WHO-cleared vaccine and to wear a face mask while traveling, a social distancing while traveling and self-monitoring for covid19 symptoms.

If symptoms appear, the CDC advises travelers to self-isolate and get tested.

Last month, TMR’s Paul Ruden wrote about How Travel Advisors Can Address These Warnings, including recent warnings about Canada and cruise ship travel.

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