A study by travel insurance comparison site Squaremouth found that Americans are still willing to travel to destinations deemed high risk and carrying a Level 4 warning by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
The Bahamas was bumped up to a Level 4 country along with five other nations on Monday, with the CDC advising Americans to avoid travel to The Bahamas and to ensure they are fully vaccinated if they must travel to this destination.
Squaremouth said its research found that 44 percent of trips booked between May 1 and August 16 were to countries listed as a Level 4 risk, the highest risk of contracting Covid-19.
The Bahamas is ranked ninth on Squaremouth’s list of top 25 international destinations and is among 11 other nations that are CDC Level 4 risk.
“Most issues our travelers have experienced throughout the pandemic weren’t directly caused by contracting Covid-19, but other related circumstances,” Squaremouth spokesperson Megan Moncrief said regarding the impact of high-risk warnings on travel plans for Americans.
“These new advisories may make travelers concerned about their health and safety at their destination. Likewise, they could cause a domino effect of border closures or other travel requirements. For these reasons, Cancel For Any Reason is the best option.”
The Bahamas has recorded more than 17,500 cases of COVID-19 and 338 deaths.
This month alone has seen record cases.