Global Risk & Safety

COVID-19 Scale

The COVID-19 scale is an internal evaluation assigned by Ohio State’s international risk management team. The scale incorporates the CDC COVID-19 Travel Health Notice system. It also factors in additional incidence rate data from the World Health Organization (WHO) and the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) and the rating on the Ohio State scale for Country Medical Care Standard.

Primary factors include:

Secondary factors include:

The scale is not solely based on the number of current cases in a particular country. It is strongly counterbalanced by the capacity of a country’s medical system to manage outbreaks. Stress on a country’s medical capacity due to COVID-19 can have a significant impact on the ability of travelers to access health care for other routine medical concerns or critical care. COVID-19 data is volatile; the country medical care standard provides a consistent variable.

Each country/territory is assigned to one of 6 groups:

A specific designation on the Ohio State scale does not directly indicate that travel to that location is recommended or viable. Many countries in lower groups will have immigration restrictions and public health measures that significantly impede travel.

The COVID-19 scale is a secondary input in the Ohio State Risk Designated Scale.

This incorporates COVID-19 into the overall risk rating, without overweighting it comparative to other health, safety, or security concerns.

The scale is currently updated by international risk management at the beginning of each month. As the pandemic evolves and variants emerge, it is not uncommon for countries to move up and down the COVID-19 scale rapidly.

The COVID-19 Scale was updated on January 18, 2022.

COVID Scale

AfghanistanGroup 4 - Elevated
AlbaniaGroup 4 - Elevated
AlgeriaGroup 5 - Severe
AndorraGroup 5 - Severe
AngolaGroup 5 - Severe
AnguillaGroup 5 - Severe
AntarcticaN/A
Antingua and BarbudaGroup 5 - Severe
ArgentinaGroup 5 - Severe
ArmeniaGroup 4 - Elevated
ArubaGroup 5 - Severe
AustraliaGroup 4 - Elevated
AustriaGroup 5 - Severe
AzerbaijanGroup 4 - Elevated
BahrainGroup 3 - Transitional
BangladeshGroup 2 - Stable
BarbadosGroup 4 - Elevated
BelarusGroup 5 - Severe
BelgiumGroup 5 - Severe
BelizeGroup 5 - Severe
BeninGroup 3 - Transitional
BermudaGroup 4 - Elevated
BhutanGroup 2 - Stable
BoliviaGroup 4 - Elevated
Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaGroup 6 - Critical
Bosnia and HerzegovinaGroup 5 - Severe
BotswanaGroup 6 - Critical
BrazilGroup 2 - Stable
British Virgin IslandsGroup 3 - Transitional
BruneiGroup 3 - Transitional
BulgariaGroup 5 - Severe
Burkina FasoGroup 4 - Elevated
BurundiGroup 5 - Severe

COVID Scale

Cabo VerdeGroup 3 - Transitional
CambodiaGroup 4 - Elevated
CameroonGroup 4 - Elevated
CanadaGroup 4 - Elevated
Cayman IslandsGroup 6 - Critical
Central African RepublicGroup 4 - Elevated
ChadGroup 5 - Severe
ChileGroup 2 - Stable
ChinaGroup 1 - Contained
ColombiaGroup 4 - Elevated
ComorosGroup 4 - Elevated
Costa RicaGroup 2 - Stable
Cote d'IvoireGroup 3 - Transitional
CroatiaGroup 6 - Critical
CubaGroup 2 - Stable
CuracaoGroup 6 - Critical
CyprusGroup 6 - Critical
Czech RepublicGroup 5 - Severe
Democratic Republic of CongoGroup 5 - Severe
DenmarkGroup 5 - Severe
DjiboutiGroup 3 - Transitional
DominicaGroup 6 - Critical
Dominican RepublicGroup 4 - Elevated
EcuadorGroup 4 - Elevated
EgyptGroup 2 - Stable
El SalvadorGroup 2 - Stable
Equatorial GuineaGroup 3 - Transitional
EritreaGroup 4 - Elevated
EstoniaGroup 6 - Critical
EswatiniGroup 6 - Critical
EthiopiaGroup 4 - Elevated
FijiGroup 4 - Elevated
FinlandGroup 5 - Severe
FranceGroup 5 - Severe
French GuianaGroup 5 - Severe
French PolynesiaGroup 3 - Transitional
French West IndiesN/A

COVID Scale

GabonGroup 3 - Transitional
GeorgiaGroup 6 - Critical
GermanyGroup 4 - Elevated
GhanaGroup 3 - Transitional
GreeceGroup 5 - Severe
GrenadaGroup 3 - Transitional
GuatemalaGroup 2 - Stable
GuineaGroup 3 - Transitional
Guinea-BissauGroup 3 - Transitional
GuyanaGroup 4 - Elevated
HaitiGroup 4 - Elevated
HondurasGroup 2 - Stable
Hong KongGroup 1 - Contained
HungaryGroup 6 - Critical
IcelandGroup 5 - Severe
IndiaGroup 2 - Stable
IndonesiaGroup 2 - Stable
IranGroup 4 - Elevated
IraqGroup 5 - Severe
IrelandGroup 5 - Severe
Israel, The West Bank and GazaGroup 3 - Transitional
ItalyGroup 5 - Severe
JamaicaGroup 4 - Elevated
JapanGroup 1 - Contained
JordanGroup 5 - Severe
KazakhstanGroup 5 - Severe
KenyaGroup 3 - Transitional
KiribatiGroup 5 - Severe
KosovoGroup 3 - Transitional
KuwaitGroup 2 - Stable
LaosGroup 6 - Critical
LatviaGroup 6 - Critical
LebanonGroup 6 - Critical
LesothoGroup 6 - Critical
LiberiaGroup 3 - Transitional
LibyaGroup 6 - Critical
LiechtensteinGroup 4 - Elevated
LithuaniaGroup 6 - Critical
LuxembourgGroup 5 - Severe

COVID Scale

MacauGroup 1 - Contained
MadagascarGroup 3 - Transitional
MalawiGroup 5 - Severe
MalaysiaGroup 5 - Severe
MaldivesGroup 6 - Critical
MaliGroup 3 - Transitional
MaltaGroup 5 - Severe
Marshall IslandsGroup 3 - Transitional
MauritaniaGroup 4 - Elevated
MauritiusGroup 6 - Critical
MexicoGroup 2 - Stable
MicronesiaGroup 2 - Stable
MoldovaGroup 4 - Elevated
MongoliaGroup 4 - Elevated
MontenegroGroup 6 - Critical
MontserratGroup 4 - Elevated
MoroccoGroup 2 - Stable
MozambiqueGroup 5 - Severe
Myanmar (Burma)Group 5 - Severe
NamibiaGroup 5 - Severe
NauruGroup 5 - Severe
NepalGroup 3 - Transitional
NetherlandsGroup 5 - Severe
New CaledoniaGroup 4 - Elevated
New ZealandGroup 3 - Transitional
NicaraguaGroup 4 - Elevated
NigerGroup 3 - Transitional
NigeriaGroup 2 - Stable
North KoreaGroup 6 - Critical
North MacedoniaGroup 4 - Elevated
NorwayGroup 5 - Severe
OmanGroup 2 - Stable
PakistanGroup 2 - Stable
PalauGroup 1 - Contained
PanamaGroup 4 - Elevated
Papua New GuineaGroup 4 - Elevated
ParaguayGroup 2 - Stable
PeruGroup 4 - Elevated
PhilippinesGroup 2 - Stable
PolandGroup 4 - Elevated
PortugalGroup 5 - Severe

COVID Scale

QatarGroup 3 - Transitional
Republic of the CongoGroup 4 - Elevated
RomaniaGroup 4 - Elevated
RussiaGroup 5 - Severe
RwandaGroup 5 - Severe
Saint Kitts and NevisGroup 6 - Critical
Saint LuciaGroup 4 - Elevated
Saint Vincent and The GrenadinesGroup 4 - Elevated
SamoaGroup 4 - Elevated
Sao TomeGroup 4 - Elevated
Saudi ArabiaGroup 2 - Stable
SenegalGroup 2 - Stable
SerbiaGroup 5 - Severe
SeychellesGroup 6 - Critical
Sierra LeoneGroup 3 - Transitional
SingaporeGroup 3 - Transitional
Sint MaartenGroup 5 - Severe
SolvakiaGroup 6 - Critical
SloveniaGroup 6 - Critical
Solomon IslandsGroup 4 - Elevated
SomaliaGroup 5 - Severe
South AfricaGroup 5 - Severe
South KoreaGroup 3 - Transitional
South SudanGroup 4 - Elevated
SpainGroup 5 - Severe
Sri LankaGroup 3 - Transitional
SudanGroup 3 - Transitional
SurinameGroup 4 - Elevated
SwedenGroup 4 - Elevated
SwitzerlandGroup 5 - Severe
SyriaGroup 5 - Severe

COVID Scale

TaiwanGroup 1 - Contained
TajikistanGroup 5 - Severe
TanzaniaGroup 5 - Severe
ThailandGroup 4 - Elevated
The BahamasGroup 3 - Transitional
The GambiaGroup 3 - Transitional
The Kyrgyz RepublicGroup 2 - Stable
Timor-LesteGroup 3 - Transitional
TogoGroup 4 - Elevated
TongaGroup 4 - Elevated
Trinidad & TobagoGroup 6 - Critical
TunisiaGroup 3 - Transitional
TurkeyGroup 5 - Severe
TurkmenistanGroup 6 - Critical
Turks and Caicos IslandsGroup 5 - Severe
TuvaluGroup 4 - Elevated
UgandaGroup 3 - Transitional
UkraineGroup 5 - Severe
United Arab EmiratesGroup 3 - Transitional
United KingdomGroup 5 - Severe
UruguayGroup 4 - Elevated
UzbekistanGroup 6 - Critical
VanuatuGroup 4 - Elevated
VenezuelaGroup 6 - Critical
VietnamGroup 6 - Critical
YemenGroup 4 - Elevated
ZambiaGroup 4 - Elevated
ZimbabweGroup 6 - Critical