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.
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.
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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:
• 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:
• 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.
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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:
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
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.
“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)