The United States updated the guide of travel recommendations: which countries changed their category and stopped being a risk zone.
The CDC (Centers for Disease Control) modified its recommendations for more than 110 countries. Latin America, in general, is a risk zone.
Now that the vaccination process is underway in practically the whole world, and that in the United States, it has turned out so positively, it is safer to travel. At least, that is how the new recommendations made by the CDC demonstrate. Sixty-one countries that used to be at risk level 4, that is, the recommendation was not to go there, they have gone down a notch, and for the health authorities of the United States, it is no longer so dangerous to access those places.
Another 50 countries went directly to categories 1 and 2, where the risk of travel to those sites is minimal. The safest places for Americans to visit, according to the CDC, are Singapore, Israel, South Korea, Iceland, Belize, and Albania.
Much of the expectation with the change of recommendations was on what would happen to Japan, with a view to the Olympic games to be held there.
On May 24, the State Department had asked that Americans not travel there based on a new wave of coronavirus cases in the Japanese country. The Olympic Games will begin on July 23. With the State Department's warning, a diplomatic conflict was generated because the White House supports Japan as the organizer of the great world sporting event.
Now the CDC has included Japan in a lighter category, leaving the door open for Americans to travel, even though the numbers of COVID 19 cases in that country did not change substantially.
What changed is the criteria. Until last month, to be in category four risk, the country had to have 100 positive cases per 100,000 inhabitants. Now, category 4 is a country that has 500 positive cases per 100,000 inhabitants.
Level 3 is a medium-risk category for the CDC. This includes France, Ecuador, the Philippines, South Africa, Canada, Mexico, Russia, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, Honduras, Hungary, and Italy.
Most Latin America remains in the maximum risk category, although there are no major restrictions on the entry of Latin Americans to the United States.
For their part, there are still restrictions on entering the United States for non-citizens from the United Kingdom, China, Ireland, India, Brazil, Iran, and South Africa.
The White House has announced that with several of these countries, they are working on agreements to restart travel safely after 15 months of restrictions due to the pandemic.
The risk when traveling decreases for those who are already vaccinated; however, the CDC does not differentiate between those who are immunized and those who are not, but simply takes as a reference the number of infected by the virus in each of the countries.
There is also flexibility for countries with a solid diplomatic relationship, and they are working on control programs and the United States.
The expectation is that after the boreal summer, which in the northern hemisphere begins at the end of June, international transit to and from the United States will begin to regularize. Internally in the country, travel is close to returning to what was known as normal before the pandemic.