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CDC takes Ukraine to highest level of Covid-19 travel risk

On Monday afternoon, architecturally rich Ukraine, Europe’s second largest country by land area, was moved from Level 3, or “high” risk for Covid-19, to Level 4, the agency’s highest risk category.

These last two updates in October are a far cry from the situation in early August, when the CDC added 16 destinations to Level 4 in a single week, and Delta variant cases increased rapidly across much of the planet.

Destinations that fall into the “Covid-19 Very High” level 4 category have had more than 500 cases per 100,000 population in the past 28 days, according to CDC criteria.

Popular favorites remain at level 4

    A view of Bonis Windmill and the old port of Mykonos, Greece.  This popular vacation destination remains at level 4 of the CDC.

A view of Bonis Windmill and the old port of Mykonos, Greece. This popular vacation destination remains at level 4 of the CDC.

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Popular international holiday destinations continued to be housed at this highest level of alertness, a testament to the ongoing hold of Covid-19. The current list of Level 4 destinations includes:

• Austria
• Bahamas
• Botswana
• Croatia
• Greece
• Ireland
• Jamaica
• Maldives
• Switzerland
• Thailand
• Turkey
• United Kingdom

In the case of the UK, it has been filed at level 4 since July 19. Greece has been there since August 2. Thailand has been there since August 9.

In total, on October 25, there were still 77 destinations worldwide on level 4.

Lots of new level 3 submissions

The Level 3 category — which applies to destinations with between 100 and 500 cases per 100,000 residents in the past 28 days — saw more action this week.

Placement in level 3 was a sign of progress in these seven destinations, all of which went down from level 4:

• Guatemala
• Lebanon
• Libya
• Mauritius
• Puerto Rico
• St Martin
• Sri Lanka

For three destinations, the move to level 3 was a sign of deteriorating conditions. Egypt and the Dominican Republic was at level 2 (“moderate” risk), and Cayman Islands was at an enviable level 1 (“low” risk).

Cruising at level 3

The CDC has updated guidelines for sailing ships such as the Norwegian Gem.

The CDC has updated guidelines for sailing ships such as the Norwegian Gem.

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The CDC also added cruise ships, including river ships, to the Level 3 warning this week, advising that only fully vaccinated people cruise. The CDC said Covid-19 “spreads easily between people who are close on board ships, and the chance of getting it” [it] on cruise ships is high.”

Some options in level 2

Destinations labeled “Level 2: Covid-19 Moderate” have seen 50 to 99 Covid-19 cases per 100,000 population in the past 28 days.

Popular destinations in this less risky category on October 25 included:

• Colombia
• Peru
• Poland

Keep in mind that the CDC list is updated weekly, and your preferred lower-risk destination may move up after you start making plans.

Level 1 and no ratings

In the “Level 1: Covid-19 Low” destinations category, fewer than 50 new cases per 100,000 inhabitants have been registered in the past 28 days. New Zealand falls into this category, but has yet to open its doors to holidaymakers.

Finally, there are destinations for which the CDC has an “unknown” risk due to a lack of information. As of October 25, this also included Monaco, the Azores and Tanzania.

In its broader travel guidelines, the CDC has recommended avoiding all international travel until you are fully vaccinated.

“Fully vaccinated travelers are less likely to contract and spread Covid-19. However, international travel carries additional risks, and even fully vaccinated travelers may be at increased risk of contracting and potentially spreading certain Covid-19 strains the agency said.

Top image: A view of the left bank of Kiev, the capital of Ukraine. (Photo by STR/NurPhoto via Getty Images)