CDC raises travel warnings for popular cruise destinations

At the start of the summer cruise season, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) raised its COVID-19 warning level for three popular Caribbean island destinations, placing them at Tier 3. Anguilla, La Jamaica and the Turks and Caicos Islands have all been moved to the “high” risk category.

The The CDC has revised the travel warning level for Anguilla, Jamaica and Turks & Caicos on May 31, 2022.

This new advisory recommends travelers who are not up to date on their vaccinations – a full set of initial vaccinations plus a booster when eligible – to avoid traveling to destinations classified as Level 3.

Additionally, travelers who are considered to be more vulnerable due to weakened immune systems or other health risks should avoid travel to Tier 3 regions.

Anguilla is part of the British Virgin Islands to the east of Puerto Rico and is a less common stopover on Eastern Caribbean itineraries as well as exotic cruises exploring lesser-known destinations. Seabourn, Windstar Cruises and Silversea Cruises occasionally offer stops in Anguilla.

Jamaica is one of the most popular ports of call in the Caribbean, with all major cruise lines offering visits to one or the other. Ocho Rios Where Montego Baywith smaller ports in other parts of the island often serving smaller cruise lines as well.

Turks & Caicos is another very popular port of call in the Caribbean, and Grand Turk is a favorite with cruise passengers. All major cruise lines visit Grand Turk, which is great for snorkeling, diving and other water sports, and the island has already welcomed more than 170,000 cruise passengers in 2022.

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At this time, no cruise lines have changed their itineraries or port visit plans due to this change in the CDC’s travel warning level.

Such changes may be possible if conditions worsen or ports choose to implement more stringent health protocols that may make cruise visits less convenient, such as requiring additional COVID-19 testing for cruise passengers.

About CDC Warning Levels

Level 3 is now the highest standard warning of COVID-19 risk on CDC travel health notices. To be classified as Tier 3, a region must have at least 100 confirmed cases of COVID-19 per 100,000 population in the past 28 days.

Other parameters, such as recent changes in case trajectory and test-to-case ratios, are also considered when assigning warning levels.

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There is a Level 4 designation which is more severe than Level 3, but is classified as “special circumstances” and is reserved for extreme changes in cases, new variants of concern, collapse of local health infrastructure and other mitigating factors. There are currently no areas in the world designated as level 4.

In addition to Anguilla, Jamaica, and the Turks and Caicos Islands, other popular Caribbean cruise destinations that are currently listed as Level 3 warnings include Belize, Bahamas, Barbados, Grand Caymanand more.

Other popular cruise destinations around the world rated at Level 3 include Italy, Greece, Singapore, Canada, Norway, Spain, Hong Kong and the United Kingdom.

Many Tier 3-rated destinations have been under this warning notice for several weeks, and cruise visits have continued with appropriate precautions and protocols.

Guests booked on upcoming cruises should always remain alert to any changes in regional health advisories, as well as stay in touch with their cruise line for updates on necessary testing and vaccination requirements as well. than on health protocols for their cruise vacation.

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