Are You Fully Vaccinated? CDC Says It’s OK to Travel Again!

Fully Vaccinated
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Today, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has updated their guidelines on Domestic and International Travel. According to the CDC website, Fully vaccinated travelers are less likely to get and spread COVID-19. However, international travel poses additional risks and even fully vaccinated travelers are at increased risk for getting and possibly spreading new COVID-19 variants. Additionally, the CDC is also recommending waiting to traveling internationally until you’ve received the full dosage of your vaccine.

Updated Information for Travelers

  • Fully vaccinated people, with an FDA-authorized vaccine, can travel safely within the United States:
    • Travelers do not need to get tested before or after travel unless their destination requires it
    • 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

Fully Vaccinated is considered..

The CDC considers you fully vaccinated with an FDA-authorized vaccine, if:

  • 2 weeks after their second dose in a 2-dose series, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or
  • 2 weeks after a single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine

If you don’t meet these requirements and you should keep taking all precautions until you do.

Long Awaited Announcement

Without a doubt, this is a huge announcement for both travelers and the travel industry. According to CNBC, “The announcement lifting the agency’s guidance that all Americans should avoid non-essential travel should assist the U.S. travel industry which is still significantly struggling since the Covid-19 crisis began in early 2020.” The new CDC guidance specifically greenlights vaccinated grandparents getting on airplanes to see grandchildren.”

Additionally, this should help the Cruise Industry and Florida Governor Ron Desantis’s  petition end the Cruise Ban and reopen cruising out of the United States in July 2021. Some cruise lines, i.e. Royal Caribbean International and Disney Cruise Line, have begun to sail out of non-US ports.

Check Travel Restrictions

State, local, and territorial governments may have travel restrictions in place, including testing requirements, stay-at-home orders, and quarantine requirements upon arrival. For up-to-date information and travel guidance, check the state or territorial and local health department where you are, along your route, and where you are going. Prepare to be flexible during your trip as restrictions and policies may change during your travel. Follow all state, local, and territorial travel restrictions.

If traveling by air, check if your airline requires any health information, testing, or other documents.

For a full list of guidelines for both vaccinated and unvaccinated, you can view it here.

Source: CDC.Gov, CNBC

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