On Monday, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention presented a new approach to assessing travel risk.
Many European countries, as well as other high-profile places around the world, are now considered to be at “high” risk for Covid-19.
The new methodology classifies travel locations into the following groups:
• Level 3: Covid-19 is a high risk organism • Level 2: Covid-19 is a moderate risk organism
• Level 1: Covid-19 is a low risk organism.
• Unknown: insufficient information to determine hazard
The most significant change is to level 4, which was previously reserved for locations deemed to pose a “very high” danger to tourists. Level 4 will no longer be used for this purpose on a regular basis.
Instead, under the new system, a Level 4 notification is only issued in exceptional circumstances.
On Monday, the CDC’s online travel recommendations page did not list any location as Tier 4 – “Special Circumstances/Do Not Travel.”
The existing 28-day incidence or case count methodology will continue to be used to establish Tiers 3, 2 and 1.
The reorganization comes as US government agencies and the general public continue to respond and adapt to an ever-changing, sometimes conflicting, epidemic.
The Biden administration’s mask mandate for airlines and other public transportation was thrown out Monday by a federal judge in Florida, and a Biden administration spokesperson said the order is no longer valid. in force while the verdict was under review.
The Tier 3 “high” risk category in the new methodology applies to places that have recorded more than 100 cases per 100,000 population in the previous 28 days.
Tier 3 countries include France, which the United Nations World Tourism Organization said was the most visited country in the world in 2019 before the outbreak.
Other stalwarts of the European tourism scene, meanwhile, are also classified as “high” risk. On April 18, they were: Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Portugal, Spain and the United Kingdom.
This revamped list includes more than just European favourites. Brazil, Canada, Egypt, Malaysia, Mexico, South Korea and Thailand are among the other popular tourism destinations at Level 3.
As of late Monday afternoon, there were just over 120 Tier 3 destinations. The CDC reports a total of 235 locations.
Before traveling to a Tier 3 destination, the CDC recommends that you have all of your Covid-19 vaccines up to date. Not only do you need to be up to date with your initial vaccinations, but you also need to be up to date with any boosters you qualify for.
The United States is not included in the list of CDC advisories.