More Caribbean Countries Added to U.S. Tier 4 Lists: Travel Weekly
Caribbean countries added to the CDC and US State Department Level 4 advisory on September 21 include Antigua and Barbuda as well as Bermuda, due to the increase in Covid cases on these islands.
The “very high” level 4 rating is the most severe travel warning the United States currently issues to countries. The CDC advisory warns that people should avoid traveling to places classified as Level 4 and, if they must travel, they should be fully immunized.
Advisory updates do not offer any legally binding way to prevent travelers from reaching a destination.
The CDC assesses the risk of Covid-19 based on new cases and the trajectory of new cases from each destination. The level is increased if a destination reports more than 500 new cases per 100,000 inhabitants in the last 28 days or more than 500 cases if the population is less than 100,000 inhabitants.
Almost 90 destinations are now listed in the highest risk category level 4, including the Caribbean Islands Grenada, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Jamaica, Puerto Rico, Saint Lucia, Haiti, Saint Martin , the Bahamas, Dominica, Aruba, Curaçao, Guadeloupe, Martinique, Saint-Barth, Saint-Martin, the US Virgin Islands, Cuba and the British Virgin Islands.
Bonaire is the most recent addition to the ‘high’ level 3 category, joining Anguilla, the Turks and Caicos Islands, Trinidad and Tobago, Barbados and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines. The category means that between 100 and 500 cases have been reported in the past 28 days.
The Dominican Republic is the only Caribbean country on the Level 2 “moderate” list, while Montserrat, Saba and Statia are classified as “low” level 1 risk.