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Posted on: April 9, 2021

CDC Updates Travel Guidelines for Fully Vaccinated People

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provided updates for domestic and international travel as it relates to individuals who have been fully vaccinated. A person is considered fully vaccinated two weeks after receiving the last recommended dose of vaccine, according to the CDC press release.

Additionally, the State of Texas encourages travelers to follow the CDC and U.S. State Department's travel notices, advisories, and recommendations. For interstate travel within the U.S., check with your destination for any COVID-19 travel advisories and/or closures, the Texas Department of State Health Services says.

Domestic Travel

Fully vaccinated people can travel within the United States and do not need COVID-19 testing or post-travel self-quarantine as long as they continue to take COVID-19 precautions while traveling – wearing a mask, avoiding crowds, socially distancing, and washing hands frequently. Additionally, fully vaccinated individuals can visit inside a home or private setting without a mask with other fully vaccinated people, the CDC says.

International Travel

Fully vaccinated travelers are less likely to get and spread COVID-19. However, international travel poses additional risks, and even fully vaccinated travelers are at increased risk for getting and possibly spreading new COVID-19 variants. The CDC guidance for international travel include:

  • Fully vaccinated people can travel internationally without getting a COVID-19 test before travel unless it is required by the international destination.
  • Fully vaccinated people do not need to self-quarantine after returning to the United States, unless required by a state or local jurisdiction.
  • Fully vaccinated people must still have a negative COVID-19 test result before they board a flight to the United States and get a COVID-19 test 3 to 5 days after returning from international travel.
  • Fully vaccinated people should continue to take COVID-19 precautions while traveling internationally.

Unvaccinated travelers

According to the CDC, unvaccinated travelers should still get tested 1-3 days before domestic travel and again 3-5 days after travel. Persons should stay home and self-quarantine for 7 days after travel, or 10 days if they do not get tested after traveling. The CDC discourages nonessential domestic travel by those who are not fully vaccinated.

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