U.S. CDC: travel 'low risk' for vaccinated people; not recommending trips

Daniel Fowler
April 3, 2021

The current seven-day average of new cases is slightly above 62,000 cases per day.

Vaccinated travelers can go overseas without getting a Covid-19 test before travel unless it is required by the worldwide destination, the new guidelines say. In the few weeks since its launch, a quarter of Facebook users have seen a friend or family member use the NHS COVID-19 profile frame according to the social network.

The CDC said COVID-19 tests are no longer required for fully vaccinated people before or after a trip within the USA, and there is no need for them to self-quarantine.

But CDC Director Rochelle Walensky told reporters that, despite the new guidance for vaccinated people, now was still not a good time to take a trip.

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Airlines for America, a group representing major US airlines including American Airlines, Delta Air lines, United Airlines Southwest Airlines, and other trade groups had urged the CDC on March 22 to immediately update its guidance to say "vaccinated individuals can travel safely". More than 553,000 people have died of the virus in the USA, amid more than 30 million cases. A person is considered fully vaccinated two weeks after receiving the last recommended dose of vaccine. CDC continues to recommend that not fully vaccinated travelers get a COVID-19 test 1-3 days prior to domestic or global travel, as well as 3-5 days after returning. And the CDC recommends people test negative before coming back to the U.S.

However, it urged vaccinated Americans to keep wearing masks in public and to avoid crowds. The guidance doesn't mention whether people need proof of vaccination to travel, though no USA airlines now require such documentation.

However, the head of the CDC said at a press briefing Friday that she still recommends against non-essential travel - even for vaccinated people - but that the agency has a duty to update its guidance as more science becomes available.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is struggling to give consistent and clear messaging on what vaccinated people should and should not do.

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