Got your vaccine and thinking about travel? Read these updated guidelines first.

Got your vaccine and thinking about travel? Read these updated guidelines first.

The going gets better for those who are fully vaccinated, as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released updated travel guidelines last week. The highlight? Fully vaccinated people can travel safely within the United States without fear of getting or spreading COVID-19.

Additionally, fully vaccinated travelers do not need self-quarantine or get tested before or after travel, unless their destination requires it. However, travelers should still wear a mask over their nose and mouth, stay 6 feet from others, avoid crowds and wash their hands or use hand sanitizer frequently.

“Fully vaccinated” means two weeks after a single dose vaccine or two weeks after the second dose of a two-dose vaccine, according to the CDC.

“This is exciting news for many fully vaccinated people, who are finally able to visit family and friends around the country without fear and anxiety of getting or spreading COVID-19,” said Dr. Robert CitronbergAdvocate Aurora Health executive medical director of infectious disease and prevention. “However, it’s important that we remain diligent until the pandemic is over, which means adhering to safety guidelines and encouraging others to step up when it’s their turn for the vaccine.”

Travel guidelines for international travel are a little more complicated than that of domestic travel.

“Even if you’re fully vaccinated, you could still potentially transmit the virus to someone who has not yet been vaccinated. This includes the variant strains which are rapidly spreading around the world,” Citronberg said of international travel. “In addition to being fully vaccinated, you should be mindful of where you are coming from and where you are going and take necessary precautions, like wearing a mask, social distancing and quarantining, should you display symptoms.”

Fully vaccinated people planning international travel should continue following CDC guidelines for traveling safely, which includes getting tested three to five days after travel. While fully vaccinated people do not need to get tested before leaving the United States, they must show proof of a negative COVID-19 test result or documentation of recovery from COVID-19 no more than 3 days before boarding a flight to the United States. And while quarantine upon returning to the United States is not required, fully vaccinated people should still self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms. International travelers should also be aware of the COVID-19 situation in their destination, the CDC said.

For more information on international travel for fully vaccinated and unvaccinated people, visit cdc.gov/coronavirus.

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  1. Mary Jane Mangan April 6, 2021 at 10:53 am · Reply

    Article: …Read these updated (Travel) guidelines first. By Grace Wong. I do not understand how the following two sentences can co-exist in the same brief article.
    “Fully vaccinated people can travel safely within the United States without fear of getting or spreading COVID-19.”
    “Even if you’re fully vaccinated, you could still potentially transmit the virus to someone who has not yet been vaccinated. This includes the variant strains which are rapidly spreading around the world,” Citronberg said. Which is it??

  2. Cynthia Ciriacks April 6, 2021 at 11:16 am · Reply

    International travel.

  3. Pamela Kinnison April 6, 2021 at 12:13 pm · Reply

    There is a lot being said about vacationing for those who have been vaccinated, but what about those of us who have antibodies from Covid-19? I have IgG and have had these antibodies for some time.
    Those of us who have natural antibodies should be allowed to travel also. Why not simply allow us to show lab tests, say 1 week before travel, in order to prove they are still active?

  4. There are many people who are choosing not to vaccinate for a variety of reasons including medical, religious and personal reasons and those should be respected. I feel like this article shames those people by repeatedly directing statements at being vaccinated. Also the article is contradictory in that it first states that if you are fully vaccinated, you cannot transmit or get the virus (which is not true) but then later in the article states “even if you are fully vaccinated, you can still transmit the virus…” Doesn’t matter that you are saying you can transmit the virus to someone who is not vaccinated, you are still saying that if you are vaccinated, you can transmit the disease period. Which again contradicts the earlier statement saying you don’t have to worry about transmitting and contracting Covid (which is not the current science).

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