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CDC, State Department downgrade travel alerts for dozens of countries

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention revised travel health notices for dozens of countries to a lower risk tier on Monday, adjusting travel guidance for vaccinated Americans in the process.

A total of 62 destinations – including Japan, Canada, Mexico, Italy, France and Germany – dropped from “COVID-19 very high” Level 4 tier to “COVID-19 high” Level 3 tier on the CDC’s travel recommendations list, which rates the risks by country.

While the CDC had advised all travelers to avoid these destinations while they were considered “COVID-19 very high,” it now cautions travelers to make sure they

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Travel rules for amber and green list countries including where you can go on holiday

Thousands of sun-starved Brits have flocked to Spain today as flights resumed from the UK – despite the fact that the country is currently on the UK government’s amber list.

That means that anyone returning from Spain will need to self-isolate at home for 10 days, and take multiple PCR tests when back in the UK. Meanwhile, the government continues to tell Brits not to travel to amber or red destinations unless it’s for essential reasons (a holiday doesn’t count).

Travelling to amber list destinations also incurs other risks such as your travel insurance being invalidated, or a higher risk

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Am I allowed to travel to amber and red countries?

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The Best Travel Bags For Long-Weekend Survival

Lengthier trips away are not exactly in the cards these days, but weekend escapes and quick getaways are on the rise, and a travel bag can help us sail smoothly through various micro-jaunts via train, camper, and automobile. It’s the kind of bag that will hold all of our stuff, won’t weigh us down, and will still look stylish: a weekender bag.Weekenders run the gamut in sizes and shapes, so what’s right for you depends upon your personal packing preferences. There are durable duffles ripe for over-stuffing, large canvas totes for folding

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Which countries will be on the green list? Predicted holiday destinations by the travel experts

Going places? Gibraltar looks a good candidate for the UK’s green list (Simon Calder)

Going places? Gibraltar looks a good candidate for the UK’s green list (Simon Calder)

International leisure travel may resume from the UK on 17 May, the government has said.

But strict rules on returning to the UK will be enforced – based on a “traffic light” system that assigns red, amber or green to every overseas country. The main concern is that variants of concern could be imported and ultimately undermine the UK’s vaccination programme.

The Independent has canvassed opinions in the travel industry and researched the data on which the government will decide. These are the key questions on

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