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EU Ban on US Travelers

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.

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.

Previously, the agency had cautioned against unnecessary travel even for vaccinated people, but noted that it would update its guidance as more people got vaccinated and evidence mounted about the protection the shots provide. A person is considered fully vaccinated two weeks after receiving the last required dose of vaccine.

But global 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.

The CDC's new guidance comes as Americans gear up to travel around the country to celebrate Easter this weekend.

According to the CDC, more than 100 million people in the USA - or about 30% of the population - have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. Our guidance is silent on recommending or not recommending fully vaccinated people travel. In the case of J&J, a one-shot vaccine, that means two weeks after the first and only shot.

"We haven't changed our guidance for nonessential travel at all".

The CDC cited recent research on the real-world effects of the vaccines for its updated guidance.

"Our guidance on an unvaccinated individual really is to limit travel to only essential travel with masking, protective - prevention strategies".

The report also noted that almost 1.6 million passengers boarded domestic flights on Sunday, which was the most on any day since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic.

Walensky acknowledged that it is confusing to hear messages both about what vaccinated can do and the CDC asking people not to do them because of the concerning increase in the number of COVID-19 cases among unvaccinated people.

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