Americans are being advised not to go to the Caribbean and other countries by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Department of State.
Of response to the continuous spike in COVID-19 cases caused by the omicron variant, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has moved 22 countries and territories to its highest travel risk category, “Level Four: Very High.” This is the greatest level of risk available. Israel, Australia, Panama, Bolivia, Qatar, and Bermuda are among the nations that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) advises Americans to avoid traveling to. The majority of prominent Caribbean locations, including the following, have been elevated to the Level 4 category:
- The Bahamas
- British Virgin Islands
- Turks and Caicos
- Saint Lucia
- Sint Maarten
- Saint Kitts and Nevis
As a consequence of the ongoing outbreak caused by the omicron strain of the coronavirus, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has placed over 100 countries and territories on Level 4, including popular European nations such as the United Kingdom, Italy, and Spain. The World Health Organization normally grants nations a Level 4 classification when more than 500 positive cases per 100,000 population are documented in the preceding 28 days in that country. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website, if you must go to a Level 4 nation, you should be completely vaccinated in order to protect yourself.
Another 20 nations were demoted to Level 3: Extremely Dangerous. They are as follows:
- Costa Rica
- Hong Kong
- The Philippines
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advises that unvaccinated Americans avoid non-essential travel to areas classified as Level 3.
As part of its own travel advisories update this week, the United States State Department added 25 nations to its “Level 4: Do Not Travel” list, which is the highest risk categorization available. The State Department’s advice are often consistent with those issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the vast majority of the nations that the CDC upgraded to its highest-risk category also got a new warning.
The State Department, on the other hand, considers a variety of additional variables when determining the level of danger associated with visiting a certain country or region. Civil upheaval, natural catastrophes, crime, terrorism, and, most recently, COVID-19 are all examples of such causes. As a result, Jamaica is rated “Level 4: Do Not Travel” on the State Department’s warning list, but only “Level 3” by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.