cdc: fully vaccinated people can travel in the u.s. without tests or quarantines

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released an update to travel guides for fully vaccinated people against Covid-19.

The update eliminates some testing and quarantine recommendations. However, they still have to wear masks on planes, trains, and buses.

American Airlines reported that the bookings have jumped to 90 percent of what they were before the pandemic, even before the update.

What does the CDC update mean?

CDC director Dr. Rochelle Walensky stated on Friday, during a conference that:

“Fully vaccinated grandparents can fly to visit their healthy grandkids without getting a Covid-19 test, or self-quarantining, provided they follow the other recommended prevention measures.”

However, with the current seven-day average of 62,000 new cases each day, it is clear that traveling should not be a priority.

Dr. Walensky added that fully vaccinated people could travel safely, but added:

“CDC is not recommending travel at this time due to the rising number of cases.”

100 million vaccinated

The States are approaching 100 million people who received at least one dose of the Covid-19 vaccine.

Over 56 million Americans are fully vaccinated, according to the CDC. A fully vaccinated means that it’s been two weeks after a person got the vaccine’s final dose.

In the States, there are three vaccines available: Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna require two doses, while Johnson & Johnson is a single-dose vaccine.

Traveling internationally

Fully vaccinated people no longer require Covid-19 tests before or after the trip within the U.S. They also don’t have to self-quarantine.

However, those traveling internationally may require a negative Covid-19 test to enter depending on the country of their choice.

CDC recommends for people to test before coming back to the States.

The update does not mention whether people need proof of vaccination to travel. The U.S. airlines do not require a document at this point.