Coronavirus continues to spread quickly in Europe and around the world with more than two million now infected. COVID-19 has now reached the pandemic stage and just a few countries are spared as the death rate continues to rise every day. Some countries have closed their borders, while others have imposed travel bans, restricting who can enter the country.
The safest countries in the world right now
At the moment no travelling at all is recommended, and most flights have been cancelled.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is the public health institute in the United States.
The CDC has a risk assessment map on its website that shows which countries travellers should avoid.
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There are four levels of risk, the least severe is ‘no reported risk level’, then ‘limited community spread’, followed by ‘sustained community spread’ and ‘widespread sustained spread’.
Right now, there are no countries listed on the two least severe levels.
That means, there are sustained community spread and widespread sustained spread risk assessment in place in the entire world.
The countries on the highest risk level are mostly found in Europe, where the pandemic’s epicentre is currently placed.
Countries including France, the UK, Spain, Italy, Germany, Norway and Sweden are all on CDC’s highest risk level.
Iran and China are also placed at the highest risk level.
The CDC recommends that travellers avoid all nonessential travel to these destinations and entry of foreign nationals from these countries has been suspended.
South Korea is in the ‘widespread sustained (ongoing) spread’ category and while there are no restrictions on entry to the United States, nonessential travel is not recommended.
But no country on its map carries no risk as coronavirus is considered as being easily spreadable.
Any country not mentioned above is to an extent safe, however, as we have seen in recent weeks, COVID-19 can cross borders quickly. They are still considered countries where ‘ongoing community transmission’ continues to occur.
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Once it does, it can infect people at a rapid rate so more countries could yet be added to the list.
The US is not the only country to impose travel bans, and flight routes have been cut while nations like Denmark have moved to temporarily close its borders to tourists.
On March 16, the EU announced restrictions on non-EU citizens travelling to the bloc with some exemptions.
For potential holidaymakers, this could mean a change of plan and a focus instead on staycations and travel within their own country in the form of a road trip.
Mark Wong, an executive at Small Luxury Hotels of the World, told CNBC: “Right now, Europe and the US are practically in lockdown.
According to the BBC, a total of 18 countries have yet to report any coronavirus cases.
- Marshall Islands
- North Korea
- Sao Tome and Principe
- Solomon Islands
- South Sudan
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