In its advisory dated April 12, 2021, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention or CDC has released a list of countries where travel should be avoided. These countries are classified under Level 4 which means that COVID 19 active cases are still very high. Those in Level 1 are countries with low COVID 19 active cases.
The number of countries under Level 4 is 150 which is more than half of the total number of countries in the world. With the summer fast approaching, this may be bad news to those who are planning a vacation abroad. Although this travel advisory may change soon before summer begins, it may be impossible to book air flights or accommodations in advance as there are still clouds of uncertainty whether these countries under Level 4 can contain or decrease the number of active cases or transmission rate in their areas.
Among the popular travel destinations that have travel warnings due to the coronavirus are the following:
The Philippines has been under a series of lockdowns due to the increasing number of active cases. They seemed to have a decrease in cases before Christmas but has surged after the yuletide celebrations. Christmas in the Philippines is a big celebration among families which means crowding in residential homes to feast on food and merriment. The entry of other variants brought about by homecoming overseas Filipino workers also is being blamed as the cause of the surge.
Vaccination in the Philippines is ongoing but very slowly. For those planning to go to the Philippines for its white beaches, underwater marine life, waterfalls, and other adventures, you may have to wait until things look better in this island paradise.
Who would not want to spend summer in hot, hot Brazil? We all do. But in the meantime that this country on the Amazon is still fighting COVID 19, this may not be the best time.
This South American country is one of the hardest-hit countries by the coronavirus with nearly 370,000 deaths and over 13,000,000 confirmed cases. With its 211 million population, 32 million are vaccinated until now. There may still be a long way to go before it will be declared to travel to this country that we all love to visit.
We may not be able to walk through the roads of this most romantic city along the Seine at the soonest possible time. France is under national lockdown because there is a surge of transmission once again. Among all countries in Europe, this tourism hub of the world is the most affected country in terms of death and confirmed cases. For the time being, let’s hope the French Open at Roland Garros will push through.
India is a tourist’s paradise because of its exotic food, distinct culture, beautiful landscape, and magnificent architectural wonders. But for now, traveling to this populous Asian country may take a backseat. It is one of the 150 countries that the CDC has listed to have high COVID 19 active cases. India is second only to the US when it comes to confirmed COVID 19 cases with nearly 180,000 deaths.
Another popular travel destination that is included in Level 4 of the CDC is Turkey. This country on two continents is fast becoming a tourist haven because of its natural and man-made wonders and unique culture. The surge in COVID 19 cases in Turkey is only recent but the rate of transmission is so fast at present. It is but right that all trips to this fascinating country be postponed for safety.
Except for Dominica and Trinidad and Tobago, all other islands in the Caribbean, including Aruba, Bonaire, and Saint Vincent, and the Grenadines are included in Level 4 which means travel is restricted to these areas. This is truly sad for Americans as these islands are one of the nearest getaways to go to.
You may have to forget your long-time wish to ride on a camel and ride around the pyramids at this time. The transmission rate is still high in this country in the African continent. It has an average of 823 new cases for the last 7 days, increasing the total confirmed cases to 216,000 with total death of more than 12,000.
Travel advisories should be followed by every one of us. This will help in containing the virus from spreading. Also, you should consider getting the vaccine, especially if you have a very important trip soon. Before you arrange your tickets and accommodation, be sure to check the advisories so you can avoid disappointments. Bottom line is, you should always look at updates before you pack your luggage and travel once again. And always keep in mind to never compromise your safety.