(CNN) – The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will no longer maintain a country-by-country list of travel advisories related to Covid-19, the agency said Monday.
“As fewer countries are testing or reporting cases of Covid-19, CDC’s ability to accurately assess Covid-19 THN [Travel Health Notice] Levels for most destinations visited by U.S. travelers are limited,” an agency spokesperson said in a statement to CNN Travel.
Starting October 3, an advisory will only be issued for a country if there is a variant of Covid-19 or another situation of concern that would change the CDC’s travel recommendations.
Being “up to date” means having all doses of the primary vaccination series, as well as all boosters for which you are eligible.
The CDC issued its first Covid-specific travel advisory for China in January 2020. The agency has been updating its advisory list every Monday for some time.
“People have to make their own decisions”
CNN medical analyst Dr. Leana Wen told CNN Travel before the CDC’s latest move that we are “at a stage in the pandemic where people have to make their own decisions based on their medical circumstances and their risk tolerance when hiring. Covid19.”
Vaccination is the most important safety factor for travel, said Wen, who is an emergency physician and professor of health policy and management at George Washington University’s Milken Institute School of Public Health.
“Most people who are up to date on their vaccinations are highly protected from becoming seriously ill,” he said.
While U.S.-bound travelers who are U.S. citizens or legal permanent residents no longer have to present a negative Covid-19 test to return home from international destinations, the CDC still advises testing before boarding return flights to the United States and do not travel if you are sick. .
“Of course, if people have symptoms or travel exposure, they should get tested and, if they test positive, follow the CDC’s isolation guidelines,” Wen said.
Top image: Tourists and locals in Athens, Greece on June 1, 2022. (Louisa Gouliamaki/AFP via Getty Images)