On Tuesday, the CDC added three popular Caribbean nations to its high-risk category for travelers. Jamaica, Turks and Caicos, and Anguilla moved the CDC’s COVID-19 high-risk list.
The level 3 high-risk category is now the highest risk category after the CDC changed its rating systems for assessing COVID-19 dangers for U.S. tourists.
- Level 3 ‘high-risk’ is the top category
- Level 2 ‘moderate risk’ is the middle category
- Level 1 ‘low risk’ is the lowest category
Previously, the CDC had a level 4 very high-risk category; however, they removed this category for special circumstances—including an emergence of a new variant and super high case numbers. Currently, there are no nations in the level 4 very high-risk category.
The New High-Risk Nations
Jamaica is one of the most popular travel destinations for American tourists. Better still, the island nation removed all COVID-19 entry requirements last month. As a result, U.S. travelers can enter without proof of vaccination, testing requirements, quarantine, or health forms.
However, the CDC now deems Jamaica as a level 3 high-risk nation for COVID-19. The nation is witnessing a small spike in cases, with a seven-day average of 276.
Jamaica has removed most internal COVID-19 restrictions:
- The government recommends wearing masks, but it’s not mandatory.
- There is still a 70% limit on venue capacity.
- Travelers who test positive for COVID-19 must self-isolate until fully recovered.
2. Turks & Caicos
The CDC has moved Turks & Caicos—a popular destination for American tourists—to its level 3 high-risk category.
Turks & Caicos hasn’t removed its COVID-19 entry requirements yet. Travelers must be fully vaccinated to enter the islands. In addition, 14 days must have passed since the traveler’s final vaccination dose. Unvaccinated travelers can only enter if they have special permission from the local government.
On top of the entry requirements, travelers still face internal COVID-19 restrictions. These include mandatory face masks in all public spaces, including supermarkets, restaurants, shops, hotels, and holiday accommodation. The local authorities may give you a $50 fine for breaching the mask laws.
Although not as popular as Jamaica, Anguilla still attracts American visitors. However, the CDC has moved Anguilla to its COVID-19 level 3 high-risk category.
The island nation hasn’t removed all of its COVID-19 entry requirements yet. If travelers are over 18, they must present proof of vaccination. Anguilla still bans unvaccinated tourists from entering the nation.
In addition, travelers must wear face coverings in public places and mandatory social distancing laws are still in place.
Other Nations In The CDC’s High-Risk Category
The CDC has placed most of Europe in its level 3 high-risk category, including popular European destinations for U.S. tourists:
- The Netherlands
- The United Kingdom
Other notable nations in the level 3 high-risk list include:
- Costa Rica
- South Korea
Nations In The Level 2 Moderate-Risk Category
Nations in the level 2 moderate-risk category have witnessed 50 to 100 COVID-19 cases in the last 28 days.
On Tuesday, the CDC moved eight countries to the moderate-risk level:
- Bosnia and Herzegovina
- The Dominican Republic
- Saint Kitts and Nevis
Nations In The Level 1 Low-Risk Category
Nations in the level 1 low-risk category have witnessed fewer than 49 cases per 100,000 residents in the last 28 days. On Tuesday, the CDC moved Kuwait and Mauritania to this list.
There are over 50 nations on the level 1 low-risk list as of Tuesday.
Although the CDC has moved various nations to the high-risk category, American travelers can still visit these nations with no additional restrictions upon return to the U.S.
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