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CDC Says Fully Vaccinated People Can Travel Without Tests

Apr 13, 2021

Earlier this month, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention announced that people who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 are allowed to travel without tests or quarantine.

The only caveat is that travelers continue to wear masks and observe all other prevention measures in place.

Still, this means the CDC believes it’s safe for fully vaccinated people to travel with very little risk to themselves. As an example, “fully vaccinated grandparents can fly to visit their healthy grandkids without getting a COVID-19 test, or self-quarantining, provided they follow the other recommended prevention measures,” said CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky.

This goes for all travel within the U.S. and exiting the country, depending on what your destination’s rules are. However, the CDC does suggest that anyone entering or re-entering the U.S. get tested before departure, and a test 3-5 days after travel is advised as well.

At this exact moment, “CDC is not recommending travel at this time due to the rising number of cases,” Walensky said, but this is a clear step forward toward a full return of travel, and great incentive to get vaccinated as soon as able.