Fully vaccinated Americans can travel again, says new U.S. CDC guidance

CDC Says Vaccinated Americans Can Travel Without a COVID-19 Tests or Quarantine

The CDC continues to advise anyone who hasn't been fully vaccinated to avoid traveling, but if it is necessary for those people to travel, the CDC recommends they be tested one to three days before travel and then once more three to five days after returning home.

The major US airlines including American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, United Airlines, Southwest Airlines, and other trade groups had asked the CDC on March 22 to change its guidance to say "vaccinated individuals can travel safely".

However, the agency still recommends that even fully vaccinated travelers wear a mask in public, and take other public health precautions, such as social distancing and avoiding crowds, and practicing hand hygiene.

Still, the CDC is not "recommending" travel at this time due to the rising number of cases, according to CDC Director Rochelle Walensky. I would advocate against general travel overall.

"Fully vaccinated" is two weeks after receiving the second dose or the Moderna of Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine, or two weeks after receiving the one-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine.


Why the guidance change?

The CDC cited recent research on the real-world effects of the vaccines for its updated guidance. The statement did not elaborate as to how an individual can prove they are fully vaccinated, although the Department of HHS has thus far shown no appetite for enforcing the controversial idea of "vaccine passports", leaving it up to private industry as to how they will handle proof of vaccination.

Fully vaccinated people can travel within the US, without getting tested for the coronavirus or quarantining.

"Some are starting to make exceptions for those who are vaccinated".

According to Reuters, the CDC's new guidance says fully vaccinated people would only need the Covid-19 test before worldwide travel if it is required by the global destination. However, all air passengers coming into the US must have a negative coronavirus test result from no more than three days before their travel date. The CDC discourages non-essential domestic travel by those who are unvaccinated.

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