The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) today said fully vaccinated people can safely travel at "low risk", Reuters reported.
But precautions should remain in place when visiting an unvaccinated person at increased risk of severe illness or death from Covid-19, per the CDC.
"Every day you get more data, and you change your guidance based on the existing data", said Dr. Ali Khan, dean of the University of Nebraska's College of Public Health.
Anyone who's been holding off on trying to get a COVID vaccine may now have a new incentive.
According to the CDC, almost 100 million people in the US - or about 30% of the population - have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.
Unvaccinated people are still advised to avoid unnecessary travel.
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. "As of March 26, fully vaccinated Americans who can present proof of vaccination can visit Iceland, for example, and avoid border measures such as testing and quarantining, the country's government said", according to the report.
CDC continues to recommend that not fully vaccinated travelers get a COVID-19 test 1-3 days prior to domestic or worldwide travel, as well as 3-5 days after returning.
The CDC is only recommending testing for travelers who are returning to the USA from global travel - keeping in place an order it announced in mid-January that requires all US-bound passengers to present a negative COVID-19 test before boarding. The CDC does note, however, that Americans still need to follow the guidelines set by other countries for worldwide travel, including testing or quarantining.
The CDC cited recent research on the real-world effects of the vaccines for its updated guidance.