BREAKING NEWS: CDC says fully vaccinated people can travel internationally safely, don’t need to get tested before leaving or quarantine when they arrive back in the US
- CDC says it is now safe for fully vaccinated Americans to travel domestically or internationally
- Health officials have discouraged travel for even people who have had their full shot regimen up until now
- Agency has dropped the rule requiring fully vaccinated international travelers to quarantine after returning to the US
- Americans will still be required to test negative for COVID-19 before boarding a return flight to the U.S. and to test within three to five days of their return
- Testing will not be required in order to board a flight to another country, unless the destination country requires a negative test
Americans who are fully vaccinated can safely travel both domestically and internationally, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Friday.
Rules requiring fully vaccinated people arriving to the U.S. from international travel have also been dropped, as have requirements to get tested before traveling to another country.
Americans will still need to get tested before boarding a flight back to the U.S., and within three to five days of their return.
It comes as travel hits pandemic-highs, and after months of resistance from the CDC to allowing Americans to move freely throughout the country.
‘With millions of Americans getting vaccinated every day, it is important to update the public on the latest science about what fully vaccinated people can do safely, now including guidance on safe travel,’ said CDC Director Dr Rochelle Walensky.
Americans who are fully vaccinated can safely travel internationally, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Friday
‘We continue to encourage every American to get vaccinated as soon as it’s their turn, so we can begin to safely take steps back to our everyday lives.
‘Vaccines can help us return to the things we love about life, so we encourage every American to get vaccinated as soon as they have the opportunity.’
Fully vaccinated people can now travel internationally:
- Without testing negative for COVID-19 before boarding a flight to another country, unless the destination country requires proof of a negative test
- Without self-quarantining after returning, unless their state or jurisdiction requires it
However, fully vaccinated people should still:
- Test negative before boarding a return flight to the U.S.
- Get tested for COVID-19 three to five days after returning to the U.S. from another country
- Wear a mask and socially distance during travel
It comes as pandemic-record numbers of Americans board domestic and international flights.
On March 28, 1.57 million people were screened by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA).
That’s the highest number since the pandemic began. Exactly a year before, on March 28, 2020, just 180,000 people flew.
Travel is still below 2019 levels – 2.5 million people were screened by TSA on March 28, 2019 – but increasing consistently.