The Center For Disease Control (CDC) has updated its weekly list of high-risk countries. Six countries have moved up to the very high-risk, level 4 countries. The list of country designations continues to be a moving target with some countries moving up the list and some moving down to lower categories.
Beginning November 1, 2021, all foreign nationals coming to New Zealand will have to provide proof of vaccination. Proof will be required prior to boarding your flight to New Zealand and upon arrival.
“To further reduce the possibility of the virus getting through our border, we are introducing the requirement for air travelers aged 17 and over, who are not New Zealand citizens, to be fully vaccinated to enter New Zealand,” said Covid-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins.
Those arriving in New Zealand will still have to spend 14 days in quarantine, and all travelers — except those from exempt locations — will still need to show a negative Covid-19 test result within 72 hours of their first scheduled international flight.
Air New Zealand also announced that all passengers on its international flights would need to show proof of vaccinations beginning February 1, 2022.
Here is a link to New Zealand Covid travel information.
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Friday, October 1 announced plans to reopen the country’s borders to fully vaccinated citizens and permanent residents, moving from a strict zero-Covid strategy to a model of living with the virus.
“Many countries around the world have now safely reopened to international travel and it will shortly be time for Australia to take the next step,” he added.
The initial plan will be to allow Australians to transit back and forth from Australia. Plans for non-essential travel to Australia are still to be developed.
Updated on September 28, 2021.
As the COVID-19 Pandemic situation in Indonesia had shown improvements, the Indonesian Government has relaxed the travel restrictions by allowing a number of foreign travel groups to enter Indonesia. The following foreign travelers may enter Indonesia under the new Minister of Law and Human Rights Regulation No. 34/2021:
- Diplomatic and Official visa holders (to apply, click here );
- Diplomatic and Official stay permit;
- Holders of Indonesia Temporary Residence Card (KITAS) and Indonesia Permanent Residence Card (KITAP). Visit https://izintinggal-online.imigrasi.go.id/ for more information;
- Visitor and limited stay visas. Visit https://www.imigrasi.go.id/en/ to learn more;
- All non-immigrant crew members or cabin crews arriving any vessel or aircraft from any port or place outside Indonesia.
- Asia-Pacific Economic Economic Cooperation (APEC) Business Travel Card holder; and
Traditional Border Crossing pass/card holder.
Per the new Minister regulation, expired e-visas, which are issued from April 22, 2021 – July 18, 2021, are automatically renewed upon receipt of a confirmation email. E-visa holders are able to enter Indonesia no later than October 15, 2021. Visit www.imigrasi.go.id to learn more.
Unvaccinated Americans Returning To the United States
If you are an American who is not vaccinated, returning to the United States will get more complicated. The new travel rules will make two significant changes:
- The testing window for return Covid testing will be reduced from three days down to one day.
- Unvaccinated travelers will be required to test again after they return to the United States. Where and when this test is to be performed has yet to be decided.
The rules are still in development but you can expect changes to the testing policy. This story will be updated when the new rules are finalized.
Moving Up To Level 4
Destinations that fall into the “Covid-19 very high” Level 4 category have had more than 500 cases per 100,000 residents in the past 28 days, according to CDC parameters. The Level 3 category applies to destinations that have had between 100 and 500 cases per 100,000 residents in the past 28 days.
These countries have moved up the list to level 4 from previously lower levels. The main reason this has happened is that the CDC has received more complete data on the actual conditions in those countries.
Here are the newest countries to move to level 4. Both of the latest countries to join level 4 are located in Europe.
- New Caledonia
I am writing this update from The Crane Resort in Barbados. The outward appearance on the island does not look that much different from the United States. Upon arrival, I had to show negative Covid test results and get another Covid test at the airport terminal prior to baggage claim. This test is complimentary and our test results came back in 20 hours. Resorts strictly monitor the test situation and you are quarantined to the resort (not to your room) until your negative test results come back. At that time, your resort will change your wristband from blue to green.
These Countries Have Moved To Level 3
Seven countries on the list this week have either improved or were downgraded. They are:
- Argentina – previously level 4
- France – previously level 4
- Iceland – previously level 4
- Lesotho – previously level 4
- Morocco – previously level 4
- Nepal – previously level 4
- Portugal – previously level 4
- South Africa – previously level 4
Saint Barthelemy went from level 4 to level 2. Peru went from level 3 to level 2.
CDC guidance for Level 3 and Level 4 destinations urges unvaccinated travelers to avoid nonessential travel to those locations. The CDC also recommends avoiding all international travel until you are fully vaccinated.
The Full List And Travel Advisories
The full list along with travel advisories from the CDC can be found here. This list changes weekly so it might be a site to add to your travel bookmarks.
All air passengers coming to the United States, including U.S. citizens, are required to have a negative COVID-19 test result or documentation of recovery from COVID-19 before they board a flight to the United States. See the Frequently Asked Questions for more information.
The list of countries that the CDC maintains continues to change every week as more data is known. Some countries have improved and some have declined. Some countries including the United States improve and then fall into a state of decline. This CDC list and advisories are posted to help you make an educated decision on whether to travel or not.
The next update is scheduled for October 12, 2021.