Fully-vaccinated people may travel now: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Daniel Fowler
April 3, 2021

The CDC also announced that vaccinated travelers would not need to take a Covid-19 test before traveling unless it is a requirement of the destination, nor would they need to self-quarantine upon their return home to the US.

More than 57 million people in the USA have been fully vaccinated, either through the two-dose Moderna or Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines or the one-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

The new CDC guidance specifically greenlights vaccinated grandparents getting on airplanes to see grandchildren.

Rochelle Walensky urged caution and said she would "advocate against general travel overall" given the rising number of infections. However, they must still have a negative Covid-19 test before taking a flight to the U.S., as well as taking a follow-up test three to five days after their return.

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.

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The fully vaccinated people are about 17.5 per cent of the whole population.

But worldwide travelers headed to the United States should have a negative Covid-19 test before they get on the plane, be tested after arrival, and must quarantine if local authorities in the United States require it, the CDC said in a statement. They do not need to quarantine.

In its updated guidance, the agency still "recommends delaying travel until you are fully vaccinated, because travel increases your chance of getting and spreading COVID-19".

The CDC cited recent research on the real-world effects of the vaccines for its updated guidance. It also said vaccinated people could visit with unvaccinated people from a single household under similar conditions, as long as the unvaccinated individuals were at low risk for severe illness if infected.

Masks are still recommended, along with social distancing and other precautions. That means the second shot for vaccines that require two jabs.

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