Fully vaccinated Americans can resume travel following CDC order

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Americans who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 can resume travel at low risk to themselves.

CDC Director Rochelle Walensky said on Friday that the new guidance is based on studies showing the “real-world” effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccines. Earlier this week, CDC issued an urgent plea asking to limit travel due to fears of COVID-19 surge.

Travelers who are vaccinated will no longer have to follow the CDC’s recommendations to get a COVID-19 test before and after travel unless required by the destination. They still have to continue taking precautions and need to wear masks. A person is considered fully vaccinated two weeks after receiving the last recommended vaccine dose.

However, the CDC’s Friday announcement does not change one high-profile COVID travel restriction. Vaccinated travelers still supposed to follow the CDC order, issued in January, a negative COVID test to board flights to the United States is required and should get another test three to five days after returning.

The CDC’s travel recommendations which say avoid nonessential travel still apply to those who aren’t vaccinated. They have to get tested one to three days before a trip, three to five days after a trip, should stay home and quarantine themselves for seven days after travel, even with a negative test. Unvaccinated travelers should stay home and self-quarantine for 10 days after travel, if not tested.