The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have now updated their COVID-19 travel recommendations for both domestic and international travel.
While still recommending that unvaccinated United States citizens who wish to travel internationally avoid doing so, it now states the following for those who have been fully vaccinated:
- You should continue to follow CDC’s recommendations for traveling safely and get tested 3-5 days after travel.
- You do NOT need to get tested before leaving United States unless your destination requires it.
- You do NOT need to self-quarantine after arriving in the United States.
According to The Washington Post, the CDC has updated their policy regarding both domestic and international travel due to "studies showing real-world effectiveness of coronavirus vaccines and rapid pace of vaccinations, now close to 3 million people daily."
The Post also is reporting that the CDC is now stating that those who are fully vaccinated (two weeks past their second dose of a two-dose vaccine) no longer need to obtain a coronavirus test before traveling domestically nor quarantine after traveling domestically. The CDC still recommends that travelers follow physical distancing standards, including the wearing of facial coverings while on public modes of transportation.
As per the CDC's domestic travel page:
- Fully vaccinated travelers are less likely to get and spread COVID-19.
- People who are fully vaccinated with an FDA-authorized vaccine can travel safely within the United States:
- Fully vaccinated travelers do not need to get tested before or after travel unless their destination requires it
- Fully vaccinated travelers do not need to self-quarantine
- Fully vaccinated travelers should still follow CDC’s recommendations for traveling safely including:
- Wear a mask over your nose and mouth
- Stay 6 feet from others and avoid crowds
- Wash your hands often or use hand sanitizer
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