Fully vaccinated Americans can travel safely again, CDC says


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

For global travel, the agency says vaccinated people do not need to get a COVID-19 test before leaving, unless the destination country requires it.

On Friday, the CDC announced that vaccinated Americans could travel safely in the nation without having to quarantine or get tested for 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.

"Fully vaccinated" is two weeks after receiving the second dose or the Moderna of Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine, or two weeks after receiving the one-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

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.

"We haven't changed our guidance for nonessential travel at all. We are not recommending travel at this time, especially for unvaccinated individuals", Walensky said.

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CDC also said those who are not fully vaccinated should avoid non-essential domestic travel. Last month, the agency said fully vaccinated people could visit with each other indoors without wearing masks or social distancing.

When that guidance was released in early March, Walensky said the agency would wait to change travel recommendations until a higher percentage of Americans were vaccinated and the agency had more evidence regarding whether vaccinated individuals could spread the virus.

"The science shows us that getting fully vaccinated allows you to do more things safely, and it is important for us to provide that guidance, even in the context of rising cases".

The CDC cited recent research on the real-world effects of the vaccines for its updated guidance. Transportation Safety Administration's numbers show more than 1 million passengers have passed through airport security almost every day in March.

The U.S. began its vaccine rollout in mid-December.