Those fully vaccinated against COVID-19 are no longer required to test before or after traveling domestically or internationally from the USA, the CDC said in updated guidance on Friday.
The updated guidance also means travelers who are fully-vaccinated no longer need to get a COVID-19 test before and after travel, unless it is still required by the destination or airline.
Global travelers are still required to show a negative COVID-19 test to board a flight heading to the United States, and are recommended to get another test three to five days after returning.
However, the agency still recommends that even fully vaccinated travelers wear a mask in public, and take other public health precautions, such as social distancing and avoiding crowds, and practicing hand hygiene.
However, the TSA said it was not lifting restrictions that bar most-non USA citizens from the United States if they have recently traveled to China, Brazil, South Africa, and most of Europe.
With cases rising in some parts of the country and across the globe, the CDC "is not recommending travel at this time", said agency director Dr. Rochelle Walensky.
The CDC considers a person fully vaccinated two weeks after having the final shot of a COVID-19 vaccine.
Why the guidance change?
Some travel guidance remains unchanged. CDC still recommends fully vaccinated people have proof of a negative COVID-19 test prior to returning to the US, and get tested 3-5 days later.
"Some are starting to make exceptions for those who are vaccinated".
Vaccinated travelers can go overseas without getting a Covid-19 test before travel unless it is required by the worldwide destination, the new guidelines say. The CDC discourages non-essential domestic travel by those who are unvaccinated.
The CDC also recommends that people get tested three to five days after travel.