The CDC yesterday reported that based on its new classification standards, no countries remain on its list of highest travel warnings related to COVID.
The CDC reported yesterday that no countries remain classified on its list of highest travel warnings:
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has removed all destinations from its highest “Level 4” travel warning, reclassifying many of them as “Level 3.”
The move comes days after the agency said it would change how it classifies destinations and warns Americans against travel, reserving “Level 4” for “special circumstances, such as rapidly escalating case trajectory or extremely high case counts, emergence of a new variant of concern, or healthcare infrastructure collapse.”
This week, the CDC classified 122 destinations and countries under its “Level 3” warning, by far its largest grouping, which is now used to indicate a “very high” level of COVID-19 transmission. Destinations are classified under “Level 3” if there are more than 100 new cases reported per 100,000 people over the past 28 days, according to the agency.
“Make sure you are up to date with your COVID-19 vaccines before traveling to these destinations,” the agency wrote in its guidance. “If you are not up to date with your COVID-19 vaccines, avoid travel to these destinations.”
The CDC will report countries at a Level 2 to indicate a moderate level of COVID transmission. The US and other countries, they currently rate as Level 3 countries. The CDC will continue to require that individuals get tested for COVID within one day of flying into the country.
As of this morning, mask mandates are not in place. This is after a federal judge on Monday ruled they were unlawful.