CDC: Fully vaccinated Americans cleared to travel without tests or quarantine periods
Apr 03 2021
Khan said the update reinforces the safety and effectiveness of the vaccines, and is another incentive for people to get vaccinated.
Fully vaccinated people can start traveling again if they take precautions such as wearing a mask and observing social distancing, United States health authorities said Friday. Not only that, but immunized travelers who are traveling domestically don't have to get a COVID test before or after travel, unless certain localities require it, and they don't have to self-quarantine.
Fully vaccinated people who are traveling internationally do not need to be tested for COVID-19 before leaving the United States unless their destination requires them to be, and they do not need to self-quarantine upon arriving in the country, federal health officials said. The CDC does note, however, that Americans still need to follow the guidelines set by other countries for worldwide travel, including testing or quarantining.
"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.
In a statement, CDC said fully vaccinated people can travel "at low risk to themselves", as they are at "low risk to get or spread COVID-19".
"We haven't changed our guidance for nonessential travel at all. Still, with cases rising & variants spreading, non-essential travel is not recommended yet", he tweeted just as CDC released the new guidance.
In a Friday morning update, the CDC announced new travel guidance for fully vaccinated individuals.
The U.S.travel industry which has had a dismal year because of the Covid-19 crisis expects this announcement will help them come out of the slump though recently many Americans have ignored the guidelines and have started traveling in higher numbers. "And so our update on this is really only for those who are vaccinated, and that represents about 20% of the adult population". Already, the agency had said fully vaccinated people could visit with each other indoors without wearing masks or social distancing.
According to the Times, the CDC's guidance does not change the fact that many countries refuse Americans' visits.