Many travelers are looking for safe summer destinations with low COVID-19 delta case numbers since the emergence of this variant. The best way to limit the risk of contracting COVID-19 and becoming severely ill is to get fully vaccinated against COVID-19, wear a mask while traveling, and regularly wash their hands. These are some of the safest international destinations based on U.S. guidance, Government agencies, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
The Safest Destinations To Visit Internationally Right Now
American citizens are advised to take normal precautions upon arriving in Slovakia on July 19. As of July 19, just over 600 cases were reported between the country and the CDC’s Level 1 Travel Health Notice. Following the US Embassy in Slovakia, travelers from the United States can enter the Schengen zone for tourism purposes as long as they have already entered legally through Vienna, Austria.
Having received the lowest level 1 travel advisories from the U.S. and U.K. due to just 113 total COVID-19 cases and one infection in the past 14 days, Anguilla is one of the few international destinations to receive such an advisory. In some cases, visitors may be subject to quarantine and confirmation of vaccination before entering the country. Although, being a safe place to visit is made possible by vigilance in the territory.
This summer, travelers can also visit Romania, which is situated north of Bulgaria. There are no reports of high levels of the virus inside the country, according to the State Department and CDC. In Romania, more than a million cases of COVID-19 have been reported since the pandemic began, but positive case counts have declined dramatically since April. For American citizens in Romania, visitation is permitted but they will be required to comply with quarantine requirements unless they have proof of vaccination, a negative blood test, or have recovered.
Antigua and Barbuda
Antigua and Barbuda, on the other hand, have reported just 35 cases of COVID-19 over the past two weeks. The U.S. issued a Level 1 travel advisory for the destination. Visitor precautions are being requested by State Department officials on July 15. As part of the entry protocols, all passengers over the age of five must possess a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test result within seven days before their flight.
As of July 12, the US State Department advises citizens to exercise normal precautions in Grenada, with the CDC reporting low levels of COVID-19. Only three cases of COVID-19 were reported on Spice Isle between July 19 and August 1. Grenada requires that all travelers over 13 years of age obtain a full set of vaccinations as of July 31. Those who are waiting for results from COVID-19 will also be quarantined.
CDC’s Level 1 Travel Health Notice for Bermuda also was issued by the State Department on July 12. Bermuda has largely avoided the Coronavirus after a spike in cases last April, having recorded fewer than 40 cases in the past two weeks and less than 2,600 cases in total.
Only a dozen COVID-19 cases have been reported in Dominica since July 19, and fewer than 220 cases overall, prompting the State Department and the CDC to issue Level 1 travel advisories. Vaccinated as well as unvaccinated travelers can enter the destination thanks to the World Travel & Tourism Council’s (WTTC) Safe Travels stamp, though those without vaccinations will encounter added obstacles.
According to the latest CDC assessment, Bulgaria is experiencing a low level of COVID-19, one of the few European countries to receive a Level 1 travel advisory from the State Department. Approximately 425,000 cases have been reported in India since the pandemic began, but the spread has significantly slowed since late March.
The Safest Destinations To Visit Within The US Right Now
Case counts are surging among mostly nonvaccinated individuals due to COVID-19’s Delta variant spread throughout the country. You can view the CDC’s COVID-19 map if you are concerned about travel this summer due to COVID-19. The spread of the virus within each county in the US is measured using this index. Although most counties report high levels of spread, there are still a few reporting only moderate spreads. Currently, there are a few destinations within the US that are Level 1 travel advisories with no warnings.
Devils Lake, North Dakota
In Ramsey County, North Dakota, Devils Lake is located, which has low community transmissions of COVID-19. Camping and fishing enthusiasts will love this destination, but it also has something for everyone seeking some distance from the daily grind.
Finger Lakes, New York
A variety of incredible experiences can be enjoyed all year long in the Finger Lakes region of New York. Families love visiting this region as it offers many outdoor activities and award-winning wines. The area reports moderate COVID-19 transmission and makes it easy for a family to escape from other people while experiencing the area’s scenic beauty.
Grand Forks, North Dakota
There are many outdoor activities to enjoy in Grand Forks, North Dakota, such as kayaking along the Red River, and cultural activities, such as the North Dakota Museum of Art. The city shares its border with Minnesota. There are moderate levels of transmission there currently, according to Grand Forks County.
Maryland’s Frederick County, where Frederick, MD is located, reports moderate levels of COVID-19 transmission. There is plenty to do in Frederick for any traveler. Outdoor enthusiasts can enjoy the area’s natural beauty along the Appalachian Trail, while the town features plenty of cultural and historical attractions, including the Battle of Monocacy site from the Civil War and a public art trail.
Located near Lake Superior, Marquette, Michigan is the northernmost point of the United States and an outdoor lover’s paradise. The mountains and forests of the area allow hikers and viewmakers to enjoy the stunning views, while its geography invites adventurers to try cliff jumping, waterfalling, and off-road biking.
Traveling within the pandemic looks far different than it once did. However, it is still completely possible. Just be sure to follow all the safety procedures laid out by both the country you are departing from and your destination. Stay safe!
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