The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said on Friday that fully vaccinated people can travel, opening the door for a potential cruise restart in the United States with fully vaccinated passengers and crew.
In a statement, CDC said fully vaccinated people can travel "at low risk to themselves", as they are at "low risk to get or spread COVID-19".
Grandparents that have been fully vaccinated can fly to visit grandkids without getting a Covid-19 test or self-quarantining as long as they follow CDC advice for traveling safely. Plus, almost all global US air visitors still need to get a negative Covid-19 test before traveling to the United States.
The CDC advised that people celebrate by avoiding large crowds and gather with people in their immediate household. They should stay home and self-quarantine for 7 days after travel or 10 days if they don't get tested at the conclusion of travel.
- Fully vaccinated people can travel internationally without getting a COVID-19 test before travel unless it is required by the global destination.
- Fully vaccinated people should continue to take COVID-19 precautions while traveling internationally. Although traffic remains down by almost half from a year ago, more than 1 million travelers daily have been going through USA airports in recent weeks. It added that vaccinated people returning to the United States do not need to self-quarantine unless it is required by state or local authorities. People are already traveling and making decisions on their own.
Airlines do not require COVID-19 tests or proof of vaccination for travel in the U.S. Last month, the agency said fully vaccinated people could visit with each other indoors without wearing masks or social distancing. The agency cited "recent studies" of real-world evidence proving vaccines work outside of a clinical trial environment.
"If you are vaccinated, it is lower risk", she said.
This latest guidance offers another step toward resuming normal activity for those who have received both doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna shots or one shot of the single-dose vaccine from Johnson & Johnson. A one-shot vaccine by Johnson & Johnson was given the green light by regulators at the end of February.