October 10. As it’s officially autumn and there’s once again a chill in the air, snowbirds are surely beginning to think about heading south for the winter. Even those of us who live in milder climates could use a tropical getaway after enduring 19 months of pandemic banality.
But, amid COVID-19, things can get a bit complicated for travelers dreaming of an island vacation, since much of the Caribbean, like plenty of other nations on the planet, continues to battle the current Delta variant surge. And, while everyone in the U.S. is able to get vaccinated when they choose, this region is struggling with insufficient access to vaccines, according to The Washington Post.
Due to ‘very high’ COVID-19 case rates, the U.S. Centers for Disease Controls and Prevention (CDC) has slapped a ‘Level 4: COVID-19 Very High’ advisory on the majority of Caribbean tourism destinations, which carries a recommendation that the public avoid traveling there altogether.
Currently in this category are over 20 tourism destinations, including Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Cuba, Curaçao, Dominica, Grenada, Haiti, Jamaica, Martinique, Puerto Rico, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, Saint Martin, Sint Maarten, U.S. Virgin Islands. If we begin looking at continental destinations that line the Caribbean Sea, it becomes an even higher number.
Source: Travel Pulse