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CDC releases new guidance for vaccinated travelers

Travelers wearing a mask at John Glenn International Airport

As more and more people are getting vaccinated, there is positive progress everywhere – at school, at events, and at the airport.

Air travel is starting to rise, especially with the new guidance for vaccinated travelers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In a nutshell, people who have been fully vaccinated:

  • can travel with minimal risk to themselves
  • can travel in the U.S. without a COVID-19 test or post-travel quarantine as long as COVID-19 precautions are being taken while traveling – wearing a mask, social distancing, and washing hands
  • can travel internationally without getting a COVID-19 test before travel unless it’s required by their destination
  • do not need to self-quarantine after returning to the U.S., unless required by a state or local jurisdiction
  • must still have a negative COVID-19 test result before boarding a flight to the U.S. and get a COVID-19 test 3 to 5 days after returning home from international travel
  • should continue to take COVID-19 precautions while traveling internationally

Fully vaccinated means it’s been two weeks after your final dose.

The CDC’s guidance for people who aren’t fully vaccinated remains the same. Unvaccinated travelers:

  • should get tested 1 to 3 days before domestic travel and again 3 to 5 days after travel
  • should stay home and self-quarantine for 7 days after travel or 10 days if they don’t get tested when their trip is over
  • are encouraged to only travel domestically if essential

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