Avoid travel to Pacific islands, CDC advises travelers

Most Pacific island countries and territories may be the envy of the world for being coronavirus-free, but as far as the Center for Disease Control and Prevention is concerned, these sun-and-sand destinations are not safe for travelers.

The CDC has designated a level 3 warning for all islands in the region, advising travelers to avoid nonessential travel to these locations — most of which have not reported any Covid-19 positive case.

Using the same travel advisory template for all jurisdictions, CDC warns travelers that medical resources are limited in these areas.

Guam, Northern Marianas and American Samoa are all labeled “high-risk” destinations.

While questioning CDC's criteria for risk assessments and blanket advisory, Guam Gov. Lou Leon Guerrero gave its director a crash course in civics.

“At the very least, the CDC should understand that Guam is American soil and that approximately 4 million U.S. citizens live in Guam and its sister territories,” Leon Guerrero said in a letter to CDC Director Robert R. Redfield.

In its original travel advisory published Aug. 7, CDC advised sick U.S. nationals to “check with the Office of Foreign Affairs or Ministry of Health of Guam or the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Consular Affairs, Country Information page for details about entry requirements and restrictions for arriving travelers, such as mandatory testing or quarantine.”