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Fully vaccinated Americans can resume travel, updated CDC guidance states

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

According to new recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) fully vaccinated Americans can travel both domestically and internationally "at low risk to themselves" provided they are taking precautions including wearing a mask, physical distancing, and washing hands often.

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.

However, the TSA said it was not lifting restrictions that bar most-non US citizens from the United States if they have recently traveled to China, Brazil, South Africa, and most of Europe.

The CDC considers a person fully vaccinated two weeks after having the final shot of a COVID-19 vaccine.

And, during Friday's White House briefing, CDC Director Rochelle Walensky, MD, MPH, said it would be better if vaccinated people stayed home.

With regard to global travel, fully vaccinated people will not be required to take a COVID-19 test ahead of time - unless their destination requires such testing - and will not have to self-isolate after returning to the United States after traveling.

It's still recommended, however, that individuals who are not fully vaccinated have their Easter dinner and egg hunts with only the people in their household or outdoors while 6 feet apart to prevent the spread of Covid-19, the CDC said.

CDC continues to recommend that not fully vaccinated travelers get a COVID-19 test 1-3 days prior to domestic or worldwide travel, as well as 3-5 days after returning.

Meanwhile, nothing has changed for travelers who are not fully vaccinated.

The CDC also recommends that people get tested three to five days after travel. However, the CDC had not made any move to review its guidance that discouraged all non-essential trips.