The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has eased travel recommendations for more than 110 countries and territories, including Japan just ahead of the Olympics. While the CDC relaxed its travel restrictions to the Philippines, advised Americans to reconsider their plans due to the COVID-19 situation in the country.
The CDC’s new ratings include 61 countries that were lowered from its highest “Level 4” rating, which discouraged all travel to recommending travel for fully vaccinated individuals, the agency confirmed on Tuesday.
The number of COVID-19 cases in a given country determines the threat level. Level 3 areas are those that currently have 100 to 500 cases per 100,000 residents.
Among those now listed at “Level 3,” are France, Ecuador, the Philippines, South Africa, Canada, Mexico, Russia, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, Honduras, Hungary, and Italy.
According to a CDC spokeswoman, 50 more countries and territories have been lowered to “Level 2” or “Level 1.” Singapore, Israel, South Korea, Iceland, Belize, and Albania are now among the countries with the lowest COVID-19 risks.
According to a White House official, the Biden administration is forming expert working groups with Canada, Mexico, the European Union, and the United Kingdom to determine how to safely resume travel after 15 months of pandemic restrictions.