Americans with 2 COVID vaccine doses can travel, CDC says

JUST IN: CDC Announces Fully Vaccinated People are Cleared to Travel

The announcement was a welcome change for Pamla Wood, who said she hasn't seen her grandchildren since June and has yet to meet her grand-niece.

The CDC's new guidance comes as Americans gear up to travel around the country to celebrate Easter this weekend.

The agency had said it would update its guidance as more people got vaccinated and evidence mounted about the protection the shots provide.

The CDC's shift in guidance should be a shot in the arm for the travel industry, which is still struggling from the dip in passengers since the onset of the pandemic in 2020.

In Ontario, public health officials are recommending only essential travel and self-isolating for 14 days when arriving or returning to the province.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is struggling to give consistent and clear messaging on what vaccinated people should and should not do.

Roger Dow, chief executive of the U.S. Travel Association, said the "new travel guidance is a major step in the right direction that is supported by the science and will take the brakes off the industry that has been hardest hit by the fallout of COVID by far".

Plans to visit family, relax, and escape to the beach were already in the works as the CDC announced new travel guidelines for the fully vaccinated.

For global travel, a test is not required before travel, but travelers should be tested before returning to the United States and again a few days after their return, the CDC recommends. Although traffic remains down by almost half from a year ago, more than 1 million travelers daily have been going through US airports in recent weeks. Our guidance reiterates that all travelers, regardless of vaccination status, should continue to wear masks on planes, buses, trains, and other forms of public transportation while traveling. Vaccines from Pfizer and Moderna require two doses given a few weeks apart.