CDC Says Fully Vaccinated People Can Travel

CDC Says Vaccinated Americans Can Travel Without a COVID-19 Tests or Quarantine

Domestic travelers who are fully vaccinated - meaning two weeks have passed since their second dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna shot or their one and only Johnson & Johnson shot - do not need to self-quarantine upon arriving at their destination and "do not need to get tested before or after travel unless their destination requires it", according to the CDC.

Those fully vaccinated against COVID-19 are no longer required to test before or after traveling domestically or internationally from the US, the CDC said in updated guidance on Friday.

Unless required to do so by the global destination, fully vaccinated people no longer require a test, and they no longer have to self-quarantine after returning to the USA, unless required to do so by a state or local jurisdiction.

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".

They were released as travel is picking up again in the United States, especially due to spring break and Easter trips, after all but shutting down completely in the early months of the pandemic.

A person is considered fully vaccinated two weeks after receiving the last recommended dose of vaccine, the CDC said.

"Vaccines can help us return to the things we love about life, so we encourage every American to get vaccinated as soon as they have the opportunity", CDC director Rochelle Walensky said in a statement. CDC still recommends fully vaccinated people have proof of a negative COVID-19 test prior to returning to the US, and get tested 3-5 days later. The state travel advisory also says nonessential travelers who don't get tested should self-quarantine for 10 days after travel. "As of March 26, fully vaccinated Americans who can present proof of vaccination can visit Iceland, for example, and avoid border measures such as testing and quarantining, the country's government said", according to the report. "The cruise line Royal Caribbean is requiring passengers and crew members 18 or older to be vaccinated in order to board its ships, as are Virgin Voyages, Crystal Cruises and others".

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