CDC is updating travel guidelines
Great news comes out on Friday, April 2, of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The agency’s updated guidance states that those who have been fully vaccinated for COVID-19 are at low risk for contracting or spreading the virus and can resume local and international travel, with some precautions. This is a major turning point for travelers, after a year or barbarian travel restrictions, which have devastated the travel industry.
“Fully vaccinated people can resume domestic travel,” CDC stated in a press release, and they “can now travel at low risk to themselves.” Fully vaccinated travelers (with one of the 3 FDA-approved vaccines in the United States – Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson) no longer need to get tested before leaving the US, according to CDC, unless it’s required by the destination, and they won’t need to self-quarantine upon arriving in the States, the agency stated, unless state or local guidelines change again. However, vaccinated travelers still need to get tested before entering the U.S. Everyone age two and older coming from abroad., vaccinated or not, (including returning U.S. citizens and permanent residents), must still provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken no more than three days before travel, or documentation of recovery from COVID-19 in the past three months before.
The CDC says that all travelers are still required to wear masks while in all transportation hubs, and everyone should continue to follow safety travel guidelines while traveling – wearing a mask in public, avoiding crowds, social distancing, and washing hands frequently. However CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky doesn’t recommend unnecessary travel, saying she would “advocate against general travel overall” due to the rising number of infections in 26 states. According to the CDC, about 30% of the population in the U.S. have already received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, and only 18% of the population has been fully vaccinated. As a number of countries are working on implementing vaccine passports, it’s still unclear what direction the U.S. is going regarding that.
However, while all this is good news, we’re still not out of the woods yet. But there is light at the end of the tunnel, and hopefully we can soon travel freely & safely again.