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If you are considering an international trip in the near future, your first stops should be the CDCs Travel recommendations by destination Map. There you can see how your destination country fares in terms of COVID cases.

At the time of this writing, things are generally not going well. There are four categories: low, medium, high, and very high risk. The “very high” list is the longest with around 75 countries, including the USA. The “high” list is the next longest.

Who is at low risk? Currently this list includes China, Australia, some Eastern European countries (including Poland and Romania), and a number of African countries from Mali to Sudan.

The map provides a snapshot of current conditions, so there is no guarantee that a country will still be low risk at the time of your planned vacation. But it can give you an idea, and you can always check back as your date approaches.

Here are the precautions the CDC recommends for the different risk levels:

  • Very high risk: “Avoid traveling to these destinations. If you need to travel to these destinations make sure you are fully vaccinated before you travel. ”
  • High risk: “Make sure you are fully vaccinated before traveling to these destinations. Unvaccinated travelers should avoid essential trips to these destinations. “
  • Moderate risk: “Make sure you are fully vaccinated before traveling to these destinations. Unvaccinated travelers in increased risk of serious illness of COVID-19 should avoid unnecessary travel to these destinations.
  • Low risk: “Make sure you are fully vaccinated before traveling to these destinations.”

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Countries for which no data are available are treated as very high risk countries with a “avoid travel” warning. And yes, the CDC recommends that you get vaccinated before traveling anywhere. Read more on her page about international travel.

By the way, if you are traveling domestically, there is one Map of the US counties according to the current COVID status, as well as Recommendations for domestic travelers.