The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention relaxed travel warnings related to COVID-19 in more than 100 countries and regions this week, hoping that there will be light at the end of the inte.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention relaxed travel warnings related to COVID-19 in more than 100 countries and regions this week, hoping that there will be light at the end of the international travel tunnel.
According to Reuters, as part of the reclassification, the CDC lowered 61 countries from its highest "level 4" warning, and adjusted another 50 countries and regions to "level 2" or "level 1."
The countries with the lowest COVID-19 levels — and the lowest CDC warning levels — include popular tourist destinations that welcome vaccinated American tourists, such as Iceland, Israel, and St. Barth. It also includes countries such as Australia and New Zealand, which have enacted some of the strictest travel restrictions in the world.
In addition, some European countries have been classified as "Level 3", which indicates that the incidence of COVID-19 is high before the European Union plans to welcome foreign tourists who are vaccinated this summer. The classification also includes several countries that have begun to allow American travelers to enter, such as Italy, Greece, Spain and France.
According to the CDC, Japan, which plans to host the Summer Olympics next month, has moved from "Level 4" to "Level 3." Parts of Japan are still under lockdown.
The news agency pointed out that these changes occurred after the CDC changed its criteria for classifying countries. Now, if there are 500 COVID-19 cases per 100,000 people, instead of 100 per 100,000 people, the agency designates the destination as "Level 4".
Although warnings for many countries have been lowered, the CDC still classifies several destinations as the highest warning level, including Croatia and the Maldives, both of which welcome American tourists.
According to Reuters, in addition to the CDC, the State Council has also relaxed its warnings to 85 countries and regions, including Japan.
Non-essential travel by non-US citizens is still basically prohibited in many regions around the world, including the European Union, the United Kingdom, Brazil, South Africa, and India.