CDC releases new guidance for vaccinated travelers


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). You can read the full details here but, 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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