Anguilla, Jamaica, and Turks and Caicos are now in the “high” risk, or Level 3 category for COVID-19, moving up from Level 2.
Level 4 was the highest risk category. It’s now used for destinations where there is a new variant, health care infrastructure collapse, or alarmingly high case counts. Currently, there are no countries on the Level 4 list.
Level 3 is now the highest category with Level 2 being moderate and Level 1 being low risk.
Countries that have more than 100 cases per 100,000 in a 28-day span are ranked as Level 3.
As of May 31st, there are about 100 countries that are on the Level 3 list. This is almost half of the 235 destinations the CDC is monitoring.
Nearly all Caribbean countries are at Level 3 except for Cuba, Dominican Republic, and Saint Kitts and Nevis, which moved to Level 2 this week.
Notable countries on the Level 3 list:
The CDC advises getting a COVID-19 vaccine before heading to a Level 3 destination.
What qualifies countries to be Level 2?
Countries with 50 to 100 COVID-19 cases per 100,000 residents in a span of 18 days are ranked at Level 2.
Countries that moved to Level 2 this week:
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Saint Kitts and Nevis
What qualifies countries to be Level 1?
If a country has less than 49 cases per 100,000 residents in a span of 28 days, there are classified as Level 1.
Countries that moved to Level 1 this week:
What it means if a country is “unknown”
If the CDC has classified a destination as being “unknown,” it means there are unable to determine the risk factor because of a lack of information. Remote destinations are usually on the “unknown” list.
The Azores, Cambodia, Tanzania, and French Polynesia are currently on the unknown list.