CDC Removes All Countries, Including Popular Caribbean Islands, From Highest ‘Level 4’ Travel Warning

by Carolee Chanona

Overhauling its travel advice, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has removed all countries from its “Do Not Travel” level, including popular Caribbean islands. As of Monday, that’s a total of 89 countries from the highest Level 4 ranking! Instead, the highest Level 4 designation will now be reserved for “special circumstances” reflecting a dangerous spike in COVID-19 cases, a new variant, or health care infrastructure collapse. Level 1, Level 2 and Level 3 classifications continue to be based on a 28-day incidence or case counts. However, these warnings are said to not apply to fully vaccinated visitors given their increased level of protection.

Belize: Wide Open Spaces Without Restrictions


The CDC levels with travelers to say they should make sure they are up to date with their COVID-19 vaccines. Belize is listed as a ‘Level 3’ destination by the CDC. While in-country, travelers no longer need to wear a face mask when attending events or when indoors, although private businesses may have their own policies. Fully vaccinated travelers can also skip the entry test requirement for Belize once proof of immunization is provided. Additionally, children under 5 years old won’t need an entry test either. Belize Travel Insurance for travelers remains mandatory at US$18 each.

Caye Caulker homes. Image via ALAMY

According to the January 2022 Global Rescue Traveler Sentiment and Safety survey of worldwide travelers, destination preferences continue to lean toward out-of-the-way places in the open air with fewer people. More than three-quarters of respondents (76 percent) are planning more outdoor, remote travel; that is a 40 percent increase compared to traveler responses nearly a year ago. And now with the CDC removing all destinations, including Caribbean islands, from its Level 4? The skies are set to be busier than ever this summer.

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