Fully vaccinated people can now travel internationally without tests or quarantines, CDC says


Americans who are fully vaccinated can safely travel both domestically and internationally, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Friday.

Fully vaccinated people of any nationality arriving to the U.S. from other countries no longer have to quarantine upon arrival, and Americans can leave the U.S. without testing negative before boarding an international fight.

A negative test result will still be required for people of all nationalities flying to the U.S. from international locations, including Americans returning to the U.S. from abroad. People arriving to the U.S. should still get a test within three to five days of arrival, the CDC said.

People traveling internationally from the U.S. to other countries may still need to test or quarantine, depending on the destination country’s guidelines.

However, the Trump administration rule barring travelers from China, Iran, the UK, Ireland, Brazil, South Africa and parts of Europe from entering the U.S. is still in place, with exceptions for some essential business travel.

It comes as travel hits pandemic-highs, and after months of resistance from the CDC to allowing Americans to move freely throughout the country.

‘With millions of Americans getting vaccinated every day, it is important to update the public on the latest science about what fully vaccinated people can do safely, now including guidance on safe travel,’ said CDC Director Dr Rochelle Walensky.

‘We continue to encourage every American to get vaccinated as soon as it’s their turn, so we can begin to safely take steps back to our everyday lives.

‘Vaccines can help us return to the things we love about life, so we encourage every American to get vaccinated as soon as they have the opportunity.’

Fully vaccinated people can now travel internationally:

  • Without testing negative for COVID-19 before boarding a flight to another country, unless the destination country requires proof of a negative test.
  • Without self-quarantining after returning, unless their state or jurisdiction requires it.

However, fully vaccinated people of any nationality should still:

  • Test negative before boarding a flight to the U.S..
  • Get tested for COVID-19 three to five days after returning to the U.S. from another country.
  • Wear a mask and socially distance during travel

However, the CDC is still discouraging travel generally, Dr Walensky said during a Friday briefing.

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  1. What rubbish is this? Whose sick wet dream is this? On one hand fully vaccinated persons can leave without a negative test but on return they need one…really? Is this coming from an intelligent person? Please spare me this foolishness. THE DISH RUN AWAY WITH THE SPOON AND THE COW JUMP OVER THE MOON

  2. More than a 100 FULLY VACCINATED PEOPLE IN WASHINGTON STATE STILL CONTRACTED COVID . This is one of reasons why some people mistrust the powers that . This is false and misleading and will surely continue the spread of Covid . Half of the people wear the mask below their nose so they might very well get reinfected some without symptoms .

  3. I am living in the USA for many decades. I never listened to those Political Appointments of the CDC.They are nothing more than political stooges of the Administrations at the time.I have been listening to the woman head of the CDC for the past week.She sounded like a crying stuck record.The man in that position before her sounded the damn same.I follow my own lead of common sense and good judgements.For they do not know more about Covid-19 than the rest of us.They are all making up things as they go by guessing.

    • MUD-MaD well written I couldn’t have put any better . I Think last week the CDC were saying the kids could SOCIAL DISTANCE 3 FEET IN SCHOOL AND IT’LL BE OKAY 3 FT . The 6 ft rule went for a walk ?Independent test has shown that this virus can spread up to much more than 6 ft .

  4. All these idiots have no clue what’s going on and how to deal with it.

    Complete morons.

    Where are the murderers of Nigel Christian?
    Where are the murderers of Nigel Christian?
    Where are the murderers of Nigel Christian?
    Where are the murderers of Nigel Christian?
    Where are the murderers of Nigel Christian?
    Where are the murderers of Nigel Christian?

  5. @Antigua Citizen:
    Perhaps you should be asking that question to Gaston Browne. Where are the murderers of Nigel Christian? He did say some weeks ago. That there would be an arrest made in a matter of weeks. A “matter of weeks” is an open time with no endings.

    • @Mud-Man

      Dictator and traitor only concerned with his creative enrichment schemes. He and his cronies are not in it for Antigua and its people. He is nothing but hot air. He is not what I would ever consider a leader.

      And I will go as far as saying I won’t be surprised if he is involved with it all.

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