United States gives go-ahead for fully vaccinated people to resume travel safely
Apr 03 2021
And, during Friday's White House briefing, CDC Director Rochelle Walensky, MD, MPH, said it would be better if vaccinated people stayed home.
Add travel to the activities vaccinated Americans can enjoy again, according to new USA guidance issued Friday. "I would advocate against general travel overall", she said.
According to Reuters, the CDC's new guidance says fully vaccinated people would only need the Covid-19 test before global travel if it is required by the worldwide destination. A person is considered fully vaccinated two weeks after receiving the last required dose of vaccine.
- Fully vaccinated people can travel internationally without getting a COVID-19 test before travel unless it is required by the worldwide destination.
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. If they do travel, the agency says to get tested one to three days before the trip, and three to five days after.
And mitigation measures remain even for vaccinated travelers: wear masks, avoid large crowds and wash hands frequently.
The CDC has been slowly offering guidance on what people can do once fully vaccinated.
- Fully vaccinated people should still have a negative COVID-19 test result before they board a flight to the United States and get a COVID-19 test 3 to 5 days after returning from worldwide travel.
Global travelers are still required to show a negative COVID-19 test to board a flight heading to the United States, and are recommended to get another test three to five days after returning. They do not need to quarantine.
Airlines do not require COVID-19 tests or proof of vaccination for travel in the U.S. Already, the agency had said fully vaccinated people could visit with each other indoors without wearing masks or social distancing. The agency cited "recent studies" of real-world evidence proving vaccines work outside of a clinical trial environment. The first vaccines - from Pfizer and Moderna - require two doses taken a few weeks apart.
Indeed, all USA airlines still require passengers to wear masks.