Washington D.C. (EETV) - Last week the Centers for Disease Control announced an update to its guidelines regarding travel for fully vaccinated Americans. The following updates were issued as the CDC has continued to gather data that indicates the COVID vaccines are effective in preventing infection in real-life conditions.
- Those fully vaccinated may travel abroad or domestically at a "low risk" of infection.
- As long as proper precautions are taken (i.e. wearing a mask and socially distancing), fully vaccinated Americans may travel domestically. However, the CDC warns that states and territories may continue to enforce their own COVID-19 travel restrictions.
- A coronavirus test is not required to depart the U.S. with proof of vaccination. However, even vaccinated Americans must show a negative COVID test before re-entry into the United States. It is also recommended but not required that returning travelers get tested again three to five days following their return but do not need to self-quarantine. Before fully vaccinated Americans begin to travel abroad they should take note that many countries are still denying travel access to Americans.
The CDC defines a fully vaccinated person as one who has received both doses of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine and has had two weeks pass since their second dose. For those receiving the Johnson & Johnson vaccination, a full vaccination is considered two weeks having passed since their first and only dose.
Additionally, the CDC still does not officially recommend travel due to the continuously rising cases of COVID-19 and the variants of the virus that are currently circulating.