CDC Maintains UK At Top Of ‘Do Not Travel’ List For 24th Week In A Row, Adds Aruba As Omicron Spreads
Aruba is the only country added by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to the highest risk category of its updated travel advisory for 2022, while the UK has remained in this category. for 24 weeks.
The list, first updated this year on January 4, divides countries based on Covid-19 levels and travel risk.
The Caribbean country is the only addition to the level 4 category, which includes countries where more than 500 cases of Covid have been reported per 100,000 people in the past 28 days.
More than 80 countries are currently in this category.
US citizens have been advised by the CDC to avoid traveling to these destinations.
With Europe reporting a spike in Covid cases in recent weeks with the spread of the Omicron variant, the level 4 category continued to include the main tourist destinations on the continent.
It includes France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.
The UK has been in this category since July 19, CNN reported.
Only a few countries were moved down the list into the level 3 category which includes countries with 100 to 500 cases per 100,000 population.
Eight new countries have been added to level 3. These include Azerbaijan, Moldova, Mongolia and Romania, which have moved up from level 4.
The Bahamas and Sint Maarten moved up from level 2 to level 3. Other participants in level 3 were Kenya and Suriname, which moved up from categories 1 and “unknown” respectively.
Level 2 includes countries that have reported between 50 and 99 cases of Covid per 100,000 people.
This category saw four new additions including Costa Rica, Madagascar, Nigeria and Zambia.
Level 1 includes countries where Covid cases are below 50. But passengers planning a trip have been urged to make sure they are fully vaccinated.
The Philippines and Niger were the only new additions to this category.
The “unknown” category means that the CDC does not have enough data to place a country in a category.
In addition to these changes, the CDC also updated cruise travel to Level 4 last week in a move that “reflects the increase in cases on cruise ships since the identification of the Omicron variant.” the CDC website said.
Citizens have been advised to avoid cruises regardless of their vaccination status.