Fully vaccinated can travel again, says new CDC guidance

A woman at the airport holds her passport covid-19 vaccine record card and boarding pass

People who have been fully vaccinated against Covid-19 can safely gather for Easter on Sunday - both indoors and without masks, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Twitter.

Domestic travelers who are fully vaccinated - meaning two weeks have passed since their second dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna shot or their one and only Johnson & Johnson shot - do not need to self-quarantine upon arriving at their destination and "do not need to get tested before or after travel unless their destination requires it", according to the CDC.

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.

A person is considered fully vaccinated two weeks after receiving the last recommended dose of vaccine, the CDC said.

With cases rising in some parts of the country and across the globe, the CDC "is not recommending travel at this time", said agency director Dr. Rochelle Walensky.

Worldwide travelers who've been vaccinated also don't need to take a COVID test before heading overseas, unless their destination country requires one, or self-quarantine upon arriving back in the US.

Why the guidance change? 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.

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. Plus, almost all worldwide US air visitors still need to get a negative Covid-19 test before traveling to the United States. 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. However, the CDC had not made any move to review its guidance that discouraged all non-essential trips.



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