United States authority says vaccinated people can travel domestically, should wear masks


Fully vaccinated people are free to travel domestically and overseas with little precautions except wearing a mask in public, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention announced Friday. Global 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.

The CDC has updated their guidance for fully vaccinated Americans and now says they can now resume travel with low risk of contracting or spreading COVID-19.

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

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

The guidance issued today does not change the agency's existing guidance for people who are not fully vaccinated.

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. At the time, the CDC didn't change its travel recommendations. However, all air passengers coming into the USA must have a negative coronavirus test result from no more than three days before their travel date.

The CDC still discourages "non-essential domestic travel" by those who aren't fully vaccinated.

- Fully vaccinated people can travel internationally without getting a COVID-19 test before travel unless it is required by the global destination. However, the CDC still recommends that fully vaccinated travelers closely monitor their symptoms and isolate accordingly if symptoms develop. Unvaccinated travelers should still get tested 1-3 days before domestic travel and again 3-5 days after travel.