CDC suspends country-specific Covid-19 travel advisories

(CNN) — 

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will no longer keep a country-by country list of travel warnings regarding Covid-19, according to the agency announced Monday.

“As fewer countries are testing or reporting Covid-19 cases, CDC’s ability to accurately assess the Covid-19 THN [Travel Health Notice] levels for most destinations that American travelers visit is limited,” an agency spokesperson stated in a statement made to CNN Travel.

From October 3rd the notice will be published for a particular country when there is a significant Covid-19 variant, or any other circumstance that could alter the CDC’s travel advice.

The agency advised that no matter where they go international travelers must stay current with their vaccinations and adhere to CDC guidelines regarding international travel.

“Up to date” or “up-to-date” means having all doses from the main vaccination schedule, in addition to any boosters to which you are qualified.

The CDC issued its first travel advisory specific to Covid for China in the month of January in 2020. The agency has updated its advisory list every Monday.

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“People must take their own choices’

CNN Medical Advisor Dr. Leana Wen told CNN Travel prior to the CDC’s most recent decision that we’re now entering “a phase in the pandemic where people need to make their own decisions based on their medical circumstances as well as their risk tolerance when it comes to contracting Covid-19.”

The most important factor is vaccination. protection factor for travelers According to Wen Shen, an emergency doctor who is also a health management professor at George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health.

“Most people who are up-to-date on their vaccines are highly protected from becoming severely ill,” she explained.

Travelers with US nationals or permanent legal residents do not require the negative test for Covid-19 for return flights from foreign destinations however, the CDC recommends testing prior to taking flights back home to the States and avoid traveling when you’re sick.

“Of course, if people have symptoms or exposure while traveling, they need to get tested, and if they test positive, to follow CDC’s isolation guidelines,” Wen stated.

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