Editor’s Note — CNN Travel will be updating this article periodically. We advise that before making any international travel plans, travelers thoroughly consult country-specific travel advisories from their own country and of any country they wish to travel to.
(CNN) — There have been more than 142 million Covid-19 cases worldwide and vaccination roll outs have been much smoother in some countries than others. This pandemic is far from over, even though many of us are now itching to make plans to travel or to reunite with loved ones.
In the end, it’s up to you to decide whether travel to international destinations is a good idea. The health risks are obvious. Variants of the virus have emerged. Nations might change their rules at any time. You may have to adhere to strict curfews and mask mandates. Violations could involve big fines and even jail time. Local health services may be under strain.
Keep in mind that not only must you pay attention to the guidance regarding countries you wish to visit or transit through, your home country may have Covid testing or mandatory hotel quarantine you’ll have to undertake on your return. Meanwhile, new CDC guidance says fully vaccinated people can travel at low risk to themselves but still recommends against it because of rising numbers of coronavirus cases…