USA says vaccinated people can travel, with precautions

JUST IN: CDC Announces Fully Vaccinated People are Cleared to Travel

NEW: CDC Issues Guidance on Travel for Fully Vaccinated People

People who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 can now freely travel through the U.S.according to the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

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A person is considered fully vaccinated two weeks after their last dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, giving the body enough time to build antibodies against the virus.

The CDC has updated their guidance for fully vaccinated Americans and now says they can now resume travel with low risk of contracting or spreading COVID-19. "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".

The fully vaccinated don't need to be tested before or after travel unless their destination requires it, according to the updated guidance.

- Fully vaccinated people do not need to self-quarantine after returning to the United States, unless required by a state or local jurisdiction.

According to the state's travel advisory, all travelers should get tested one to three days before starting their journeys, and nonessential travelers should get tested three to five days upon arrival into California and self-quarantine for a full seven days after travel, even if their test is negative.

The CDC still recommends following its guidance on safe travel, like wearing a mask, staying six feet apart and keeping hands clean.

The guidance issued today does not change the agency's existing guidance for people who are not fully vaccinated. The U.S. will still require airline passengers coming into the country to get a test within three days of their departure and show proof of a negative test before boarding. The state travel advisory also says nonessential travelers who don't get tested should self-quarantine for 10 days after travel. CDC discourages non-essential domestic travel by those who are not fully vaccinated.

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