Friday, 16 April, 2021

Americans with 2 COVID vaccine doses can travel, CDC says

CDC Says Vaccinated Americans Can Travel Without a COVID-19 Tests or Quarantine If You're Fully Vaccinated, a New Thumbs-Up
Ginger Lawrence | 03 April, 2021, 00:56

The CDC also said fully vaccinated grandparents can fly to visit grandkids without the need for a Covid-19 test or self-quarantining but said they should follow CDC advice for traveling safely.

"Vaccines can help us return to the things we love about life, so we encourage every American to get vaccinated as soon as they have the opportunity", CDC director Rochelle Walensky said in a statement.

The CDC is still recommending unvaccinated people avoid all nonessential travel.

The CDC continues to advise anyone who hasn't been fully vaccinated to avoid traveling, but if it is necessary for those people to travel, the CDC recommends they be tested one to three days before travel and then once more three to five days after returning home.

However, the TSA said it was not lifting restrictions that bar most-non US citizens from the United States if they have recently traveled to China, Brazil, South Africa, and most of Europe.

"Some are starting to make exceptions for those who are vaccinated".

Add travel to the activities vaccinated Americans can enjoy again, according to new USA guidance issued Friday.

Australian officials lift Brisbane lockdown as Covid-19 cases dwindle
People from Greater Brisbane will again be able to travel to the ACT without filling out a declaration or receiving an exemption. ACT Health has warned people to be vigilant when travelling over Easter and be aware of restrictions in other jurisdictions.

The agency's guidance, released in March, says people who have been fully vaccinated can meet indoors without masks.

Masks are still recommended, along with social distancing and other precautions.

Worldwide travelers who've been vaccinated also don't need to take a COVID test before heading overseas, unless their destination country requires one, or self-quarantine upon arriving back in the US.

Despite previous warnings against travel from the CDC, the Transportation Security Administration has continued to see a considerable uptick in passengers as the vaccine rollout grows.

Walensky acknowledged that it is confusing to hear messages both about what vaccinated can do and the CDC asking people not to do them because of the concerning increase in the number of COVID-19 cases among unvaccinated people.

According to the Times, the CDC's guidance does not change the fact that many countries refuse Americans' visits.

"And that means we have to continue to reinforce messages about the critical importance of COVID-19 prevention measures".