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(CNN) — TThe US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has placed Scandinavian travel favorites alongside two other locations on Covid-19’s “high” risk list.

The three destinations added to the list on Tuesday, representing the three continents, are:


Level 3, or “high,” is currently the top rung in terms of risk level and applies where there have been more than 100 cases per 100,000 inhabitants in the last 28 days. Level 2 and Level 1 are considered “medium” and “low” risks, respectively.

All three new entries to level 3 on Tuesday were previously level 2.

Famous for its cultural and natural beauty, Sweden is one of the few European countries to be off the “high” risk list since the rating review. Together with Romania, it moved to the “medium” risk list in June. 21. Romania remains level 2 this week.

Level 3 on July 5th had about 115 destinations. Level 3 locations occupy almost half of the approximately 235 locations monitored by the CDC.

Level 4 was previously the highest risk category, but is now reserved only for special circumstances such as a very large number of cases, the emergence of new concerns, and the collapse of medical infrastructure. In the new system, no destination has been placed at level 4 so far.

Level 3 details

The village of Oia on Santorini is a popular tourist attraction in Greece and remains at level 3 of the CDC.

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Much of Europe has been stubbornly staying at Level 3 for months as the summer travel season is in full swing. As of July 5, the next popular European destination was among those remaining at Level 3.

• Netherlands
• England

These are not the only spots of interest at Level 3. Many other destinations around the world are included in destinations in the “high” risk category, including:

• Brazil
• Costa Rica
• Thailand
• turkey

The CDC recommends that you get the latest information on the Covid-19 vaccine before traveling to your Level 3 destination. Being “up-to-date” means that you have received not only the first full vaccination, but also a qualified booster.

Level 2

Baalbek is a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Lebanon and is a CDC. "Moderate" Risk category.

Baalbek is a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Lebanon and is classified in the CDC’s “Medium” Risk Category.

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In the last 28 days, 50 to 100 Covid-19 cases were reported per 100,000 inhabitants at destinations designated as “Level 2: Covid-19 Moderate”. The CDC moved three locations to this level on Tuesday:

• North Macedonia

This move was not good news for Jordan and Lebanon in the Middle East, which was at level 1. For North Macedonia on the Balkans of Europe, this move is positive and previously Level 3.

This week, there are 20 locations in the “Medium” risk category.

The CDC has broader travel guidance recommending that you avoid all international travel until you are fully vaccinated.

Level 1

To be listed as “Level 1: Covid-19 Low”, the destination must have up to 49 new cases per 100,000 inhabitants in the last 28 days. On July 5th, two small island destinations were added to the category.

• Saint Pierre and Micron

Saba in the Caribbean was level 2. Saint Pierre and Miquelon in the French archipelago, south of Newfoundland, Canada, were level 3.

Some of the most popular places in this week’s “low” risk category include Indonesia, India and the Philippines.

do not know

The Hungarian Parliament Building can be seen through the arch of Fisherman's Bastion in Budapest. CDC warns against travel to places at risk for Covid-19 "do not know."

The Hungarian Parliament Building can be seen through the arch of Fisherman’s Bastion in Budapest. The CDC warns against trips to locations where the risk of Covid-19 is “unknown.”

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Finally, there are destinations that the CDC considers to be at “unknown” risk due to lack of information. Usually, but not always, these are small, remote areas, or places of ongoing war or anxiety. Four locations have been added to this category this week.

• Haiti

Haiti, Iran and Mozambique were all level 1 last week. Hungary, a popular stop on travel circuits in Eastern Europe, was level 3.

The CDC advises banning travel to these locations simply because the risks are unknown. Other destinations in this category that typically attract more tourist attention include French Polynesia, Macau and the Maldives.

Health care professionals consider risk levels

According to CNN Medical Analyst Dr. Linawen, infection rates are just one “guideline” for travelers’ personal risk calculations.

Wen, an emergency physician and professor, said, “We have moved to a pandemic stage, where we make our own decisions based on our medical situation and our risk tolerance for becoming infected with Covid-19. I need to give it. ” George Washington University Milken Institute Graduate School of Public Health with a degree in Health Policy and Management.

In addition to transmission speed, there are other important factors, according to Wen.

“The other is the precautions you need where you go, and the third is what you’re going to do when you get there,” she said.

“Are you planning to visit a lot of attractions and go to an indoor bar? It’s very different from lying on the beach all day and going to a place where you don’t plan to interact with others. It’s very different. Very different. Different levels of risk. “

Vaccination is the most important factor of safety for travel, as unvaccinated travelers are more likely to get sick and infect others with Covid-19.

It’s also important to consider what to do if you’re away from home and the test is positive.

“Of course, if you have any symptoms or exposures while traveling, you need to be tested. If the test is positive, you need to follow the CDC quarantine guidelines,” Wen recently told CNN Travel.
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Image above: Sean Island off the west coast of Sweden. (Peter Adams / Stone RF / Getty Images)


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