Are you thinking of traveling domestically or internationally? In the past, you might have thought about plane tickets, packing, and where to stay, but in the Covid-19 New Normal, you’ll need to add safety too. As the pandemic has unfolded worldwide, countries have instituted different means of containing the virus, with some, like New Zealand and Israel, having sterner measures than others like Tanzania and Monaco. On your next trip, you’ll probably want to know if the country you are traveling to is one of the safe places to travel during Covid.
Here, we outline what ‘safe’ means in the new post-pandemic normal using the CDC’s Risk Assessment Levels and share the latest safe destinations as provided by data from the World Health Organization and the CDC.
What are risk assessment levels?
In determining the level of health risk of a country, the CDC uses risk assessment levels, a five-level tier that indicates how safe it is to travel to a country.
Here are the five Risk Assessment Levels:
- Level 4: Very high level of Covid-19
- Level 3: High level of Covid-19
- Level 2: Moderate level of Covid-19
- Level 1: Low level of Covid-19
- Level Unknown: Covid-19 levels unknown
All countries are assigned to one of these levels, providing a quick reference of the safe places to travel to during Covid.
How are countries assigned a risk level?
The CDC collects data from the WHO, global CDC offices, and other health data sources like Our World in Data and feeds this information into a matrix that calculates each country’s Risk Assessment Level. The data they include is as follows.
- Incidence rate
- New case trajectory
- Testing capacity (population testing rate and test-to-case ratio)
Countries with data are assigned to levels one to four, but some countries don’t report any Covid-19 data. For these, the CDC assigns a fifth level designated ‘Level Unknown.’
What are the safe places to travel during Covid?
The safest countries (currently) to travel to are Level 1 countries, as shown in the table below:
- American Samoa
- Burkina Faso
- Cayman Islands
- Congo, Republic of the
- Equatorial Guinea
- Falkland Islands
- Hong Kong SAR
- New Caledonia
- New Zealand
- Northern Mariana Islands
- Saint Pierre and Miquelon
- Sierra Leone
- Sint Eustatius
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Staying Safe Before, During, And After Travel
Although the countries above are designated as safe places to travel during Covid, it is always best to exercise some caution before, during, and after travel.
- If you are fully vaccinated, you are not required to test before and after arriving from international travel unless needed at your destination country.
- If you are not fully vaccinated, testing before and after travel can reduce the risk of spreading Covid-19 to your loved ones and ensure you take appropriate and timely treatment measures.
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