CDC Changes Tune on COVID Guidance for Vaccinated Travelers

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People who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 can safely travel within the United States and overseas as long as they continue to take precautions like wearing a mask in public, according to new guidance released Friday by the the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

With cases rising in some parts of the country and across the globe, the CDC "is not recommending travel at this time", said agency director Dr. Rochelle Walensky.

- 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. However, the CDC still recommends that fully vaccinated travelers closely monitor their symptoms and isolate accordingly if symptoms develop.

Fully vaccinated people can start traveling again if they take precautions such as wearing a mask and observing social distancing, United States health authorities said Friday. People should still wear a mask, socially distance and avoid crowds, the agency says. A person is considered fully vaccinated two weeks after receiving the last required dose of vaccine. It said fully vaccinated people can gather privately together without masks, or visit one un-vaccinated household - such as vaccinated grandparents visiting the home of a child and grandchildren.

Fully vaccinated people can travel within the USA, without getting tested for the coronavirus or quarantining.

Meanwhile, nothing has changed for travelers who are not fully vaccinated.

Vaccinated people should still get a negative COVID-19 test before boarding a flight to the US, and be tested three to five days after returning.

CDC also said those who are not fully vaccinated should avoid non-essential domestic travel.

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