The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has provided updated travel guidance for individuals who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

Individuals are considered fully vaccinated at least 2 weeks after they have received the second dose of a 2-dose series of the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, or at least 2 weeks after receiving a single-dose of the Janssen COVID-19 vaccine.  

Fully vaccinated individuals can travel within the United States (US) without having the need for COVID-19 testing or post-travel self-quarantine. While traveling, fully vaccinated individuals should take proper COVID-19 precautions such as wearing a mask, avoiding crowds when in public, social distancing, and washing hands frequently.


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In addition, fully vaccinated individuals can travel internationally without having to receive a COVID-19 test prior to travel unless required by the international destination. Prior to boarding a return flight to the US, fully vaccinated individuals must have a negative COVID-19 test result. Upon returning to the US, fully vaccinated individuals do not need to self-quarantine unless required by a state or local jurisdiction; these individuals should get tested 3 to 5 days after returning from international travel.

The CDC guidance on non-essential domestic travel by individuals who are not fully vaccinated remains unchanged and continues to be discouraged. Unvaccinated travelers are advised to receive COVID-19 testing 1 to 3 days prior to domestic travel and again 3 to 5 days after travel. At the conclusion of travel, unvaccinated travelers are advised to stay home and self-quarantine for 7 days, or 10 days if they do not get tested. 

For more information on domestic and international travel during the pandemic visit cdc.gov.

Reference

CDC issues updated guidance on travel for fully vaccinated people. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. https://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2021/p0402-travel-guidance-vaccinated-people.html. Accessed April 2, 2021.

This article originally appeared on MPR