The CDC lowered its travel advisories for several Caribbean countries

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T0628ANTIGUA_C_HR [Credit: Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority]
Antigua is classified as a Level 1 destination by the CDC, which is advising on Covid risk for travelers. Photo Credit: Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority

The CDC has moved several Caribbean countries' Covid travel advisories to Level 1 classification, which signifies the lowest risk level for Covid.

Level 1 countries include those like Australia and New Zealand, both having reported fewer than 50 Covid-19 cases in the 28 days ending June 14. The CDC had earlier this month removed several countries from its highest risk rating.

Level 1 countries carry a recommendation from the CDC to "make sure you are fully vaccinated."

Newest Level 1, lowest-risk Caribbean destinations include Saba and the British Virgin Islands as of June 14; Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, St. Barts and the Turks and Caicos as of June 7; St. Eustatius, Grenada and St. Kitts and Nevis as of last month. Montserrat and the Cayman Islands are also at Level 1, although their borders are not yet open.

The majority of the remaining Caribbean countries are classified as Level 2, moderate risk, and Level 3, high risk.

In fact, unvaccinated travelers will not be allowed to enter Anguilla after July 1.

The Anguilla Tourist Board has launched its official reopening campaign under the theme "Lose the Crowd, Find Yourself."

A tourism delegation led by Stacey Liburd, director of tourism, is visiting U.S. travel partners in key markets in the South, the Northeast and the West Coast over the next month.

Antigua and Barbuda's entry protocols still include proof of a negative PCR test done seven days prior to travel. Visitors who complete a successful screening by health officials do not have to quarantine when booked at more than 160 certified villas and hotels.

"We are delighted that Americans can have confidence in traveling to our shores," said Charles Fernandez, minister of tourism  & investment. "We have worked hard to ensure the safety of our people and our visitors and this has paid off in lower numbers of Covid infections and reduced impact on our economy."

More than 65% of the population of Turks and Caicos has received at least one dose of the Pfizer vaccine and 55%  of the adult population is fully vaccinated.

The destination received the Safe Travels Stamp from the World Travel & Tourism Council, which denotes that the country's existing health and safety protocols align with the organization's standards.

"We are grateful to our valued tourism industry partners for supporting our efforts by initiating property-specific campaigns and adhering to protocols," said Josephine Connolly, the Turks and Caicos' minister of tourism.

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