The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Friday released a long-awaited update to travel guidance for people who are fully vaccinated against covid-19, eliminating some testing and quarantine recommendations.
The CDC says fully vaccinated people can travel with little risk to themselves.
The agency said that as long as coronavirus precautions are taken, including the use of masks, fully vaccinated people can travel within the United States without being tested for covid-19 beforehand or quarantined afterward, CNN reported.
For international travel, fully vaccinated persons do not need a covid-19 test before traveling, unless the destination requires it, and they do not need to quarantine themselves after returning to the United States. They should still have a negative covid-19 test before boarding a flight to the U.S. and a follow-up test three to five days after their return, the CDC noted.
The CDC considers someone fully vaccinated two weeks after receiving the last required dose of the covid-19 vaccine. The updated guidance does not apply to unvaccinated people. CDC advises anyone who is not fully vaccinated to continue to avoid travel.
Unvaccinated persons who must travel should be tested one to three days before travel and again three to five days after travel. They should quarantine themselves at home for seven days after travel, or 10 days if not tested after travel.
The CDC said all Americans, regardless of vaccination status, should wear a mask and practice public health measures when traveling, such as physical distancing and frequent hand washing.
“With millions of Americans getting vaccinated every day, it is important to update the public on the latest science on what fully vaccinated people can safely do, which now includes guidance on safe travel,” CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said in a statement.
“We continue to encourage all Americans to get vaccinated as soon as it’s their turn, so we can start taking safe steps toward our everyday lives. Vaccines can help us get back to the things we love about life, so we encourage all Americans to get vaccinated as soon as they have the opportunity.”