If You're Fully Vaccinated, a New Thumbs-Up

Ross Houston
April 2, 2021

Fully vaccinated individuals can safely travel inside the USA and internationally, the CDC said in new guidance released Friday, though they should still wear a mask when traveling on public transportation, including airplanes.

The guidance says that fully vaccinated people don't need a test, and don't need to quarantine, when traveling domestically.

There is no change on guidance for people that are not fully vaccinated.

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.

Someone is considered fully vaccinated two weeks after receiving the second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine or after the single dose of Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

The agency's guidance, released in March, says people who have been fully vaccinated can meet indoors without masks. At the time, the CDC didn't change its travel recommendations.

The new advice comes after months of the CDC urging all Americans to avoid any kind of non-essential travel. Those who must travel should be tested one to three days before their flight and again three to five days after.

According to the state's travel advisory, all travelers should get tested one to three days before starting their journeys, and nonessential travelers should get tested three to five days upon arrival into California and self-quarantine for a full seven days after travel, even if their test is negative.

USA air travel has begun rebounding - 1.6 million people passed through TSA checkpoints on Thursday, well above the 124,000 who did so a year before yet still below the 2.4 million from the same day in 2019.

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

This story has been published from a wire agency feed without modifications to the text.

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