On April, 2, 2021, the Unites States Centers For Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), issued revised travel guidance for fully vaccinated people to reflect the most recent evidence that those individuals can travel with low risk to themselves as long as they continue to wear masks, social distance, and wash hands frequently. A person is considered fully vaccinated two weeks after receiving the final dose.
Revised International Travel Guidance
The CDC press release states:
Because of the potential introduction and spread of new SARS-CoV-2 variants, differences in disease burden and vaccines, and vaccine coverage around the world, CDC is providing the following guidance related to international travel:
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 precautiqons while traveling internationally.
This chart compares travel restrictions for vaccinated and nonvaccinated international travelers.
In addition, all travelers are advised that wearing masks is mandatory on planes, buses, trains, and other forms of public transportation traveling into, within, or out of the United States and in U.S. transportation hubs such as airports and stations.
For vaccinated U.S. travelers, international travel from and to the United States has become much easier. There is no requirement to test before leaving (unless required by your destination of course) and, most significantly, there is no self quarantine requirement when returning to the U.S. Non-vaccinated passengers must self quarantine for seven days with a negative test and 10 days without a negative test.
The new guidance does not change Covid-19 requirements for non U.S. residents.
Depending on the outcome of research to determine the risk of a vaccinated individual infecting others with SARS-CoV-2, the CDC may drop the mask and social distancing requirements at some future point.
The CDC is finally issuing the guidance that was expected several weeks ago. The revised guidance opens the door for U.S. residents to travel internationally. Eliminating all quarantine requirements for vaccinated travelers who return home is a big step that many nations have not yet taken. Now the problem is finding countries that treat foreign vaccinated travelers the same way.
I received the second Pfizer dose on February 14. It is nice to be able to think about international travel again for the first time in 12 months.
A number of readers have stated that they have or will soon be getting vaccinated. Do you plan to travel after getting vaccinated? If so, what is your destination(s)? Take care, and as always stay safe!