The 34 Countries Where CDC Eased Travel Restrictions to the Lowest Level

Amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and vaccine rollout around the globe, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has eased travel recommendations for over 110 countries and territories. Dozens of countries were added to the health body's lowest travel warning level (Level 1: COVID-19 Low) on Monday.

A CDC spokesperson told Reuters travel alerts for 50 countries and territories were lowered to either Level 1 or Level 2 (COVID-19 Moderate).

Israel, South Korea, Singapore, Belize, Morocco and Fiji are among the 34 countries that were moved to Level 1, for which the CDC advises: "Make sure you are fully vaccinated before travel to these destinations."

The CDC's recommendations for 61 nations with the highest warning level (Level 4: COVID-19 Very High)—areas to which Americans are advised to avoid traveling—were eased Monday to recommending travel for fully vaccinated people, the federal body said Tuesday.

Travel alert levels for about a dozen countries and territories were also moved to the "COVID-19 Unknown" category, for which the CDC advises: "Avoid travel to these destinations. If you must travel to these destinations, make sure you are fully vaccinated before travel."

Some of the areas added to the "Unknown" alert level include the U.S. and British Virgin Islands, Samoa, Ireland, Aruba and Monaco.

See the CDC website for the full list of the latest travel alert levels for all countries and territories issued by the health body.

The latest changes to the CDC's travel recommendations were made based on the health body's updated criteria for its Travel Health Notice (THN) levels. The criteria include new case counts, incidence rates (cumulative new cases over the past 28 days per 100,000 population) and the trajectory of new cases (increase, decrease or stability).

The criteria for determining THN levels were "updated to better differentiate countries with severe outbreak situations from countries with sustained, but controlled, COVID-19 spread," the CDC explained Monday.

"This update gives specific travel advice for vaccinated and unvaccinated people according to the THN level, ensuring THN levels reflect the current global situation and are aligned with guidance for international travel.

"CDC lowers a destination's THN level when the incidence rate (or case count) and testing metrics meet the THN threshold for a lower level and remain at that level for 28 consecutive days. Vaccination coverage rates and vaccine performance will be considered when determining if the THN level can be lowered before 28 days," the federal body adds.

Countries and territories moved to CDC's travel alert Level 1

(Source: CDC, as of June 9, 2021)

  1. Albania
  2. Anguilla
  3. Antigua and Barbuda
  4. Belize
  5. Benin
  6. Burkina Faso
  7. Burundi
  8. Chad
  9. Cote d'Ivoire
  10. Dominica
  11. Eswatini (formerly known as Swaziland)
  12. Fiji
  13. Falkland Islands
  14. French Polynesia
  15. Gambia
  16. Ghana
  17. Iceland
  18. Isle of Man
  19. Israel
  20. Laos
  21. Malawi
  22. Malta
  23. Morocco
  24. Mozambique
  25. Niger
  26. Rwanda
  27. Saint Barthelemy
  28. Senegal
  29. Singapore
  30. South Korea
  31. Togo
  32. Turks and Caicos
  33. Zambia
  34. Zimbabwe
Travelers at JFK airport, NYC in 2021.
Travelers wait in line at John F. Kennedy Airport ahead of Memorial day weekend on May 28 in New York City. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has eased travel recommendations for over 110 countries and territories. Angela Weiss/AFP via Getty Images

The wider picture

Coronavirus has infected more than 174 million people since it was first reported in Wuhan, China, including over 33.3 million in the U.S. More than 3.7 million people have died and over 2.1 billion COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered worldwide, as of Wednesday, according to Johns Hopkins.

The graphic below, produced by research provider Statista, shows the total number of COVID-19 vaccine doses administered per 100 people across different countries.

COVID vaccination across the world

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