Those fully vaccinated against COVID-19 are no longer required to test before or after traveling domestically or internationally from the USA, the CDC said in updated guidance on Friday.
"With millions of Americans getting vaccinated every day, it is important to update the public on the latest science about what fully vaccinated people can do safely, now including guidance on safe travel", said CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky.
The updated guidance also means travelers who are fully-vaccinated no longer need to get a COVID-19 test before and after travel, unless it is still required by the destination or airline.
Fully vaccinated people can travel within the United States and COVID-19 testing or post-travel self-quarantine are not required as long as they continue to take COVID-19 precautions while traveling - wearing a mask, avoiding crowds, socially distancing, and washing hands frequently, said the CDC.
"If you are vaccinated, it is lower risk", she said.
A person is considered fully vaccinated two weeks after receiving the last recommended dose of vaccine, the CDC said.
The CDC is sticking to its guidance for unvaccinated people to avoid unnecessary travel. Those who are not fully vaccinated should continue to self-quarantine for 7 days after travel and a negative test, or 10 days after travel if not tested. CDC continues to recommend that not fully vaccinated travelers get a COVID-19 test 1-3 days prior to domestic or global travel, as well as 3-5 days after returning.
- Fully vaccinated people can travel within the USA, without getting tested for the coronavirus or quarantining.
However, the TSA said it was not lifting restrictions that bar most-non USA citizens from the United States if they have recently traveled to China, Brazil, South Africa, and most of Europe.
According to the CDC, almost 100 million people in the US - or about 30% of the population - have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. They do not need to quarantine.
The U.S. began its vaccine rollout in mid-December. In early March, the agency said they may safely gather with small groups from other households without wearing masks or physically distancing, even if those people have not yet had their shots. A one-shot vaccine by Johnson & Johnson was given the green light by regulators at the end of February.
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