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United States gives go-ahead for fully vaccinated people to resume travel safely

Posted: Friday, April 2, 2021. 12:11 pm CST.

Rubén Morales Iglesias: The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) today said fully vaccinated people can safely travel at “low risk,” Reuters reported.

The major U.S. airlines including American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, United Airlines, Southwest Airlines, and other trade groups had asked the CDC on March 22 to change its guidance to say “vaccinated individuals can travel safely.” However, the CDC had not made any move to review its guidance that discouraged all non-essential trips.

The U.S. travel industry which has had a dismal year because of the Covid-19 crisis expects this announcement will help them come out of the slump though recently many Americans have ignored the guidelines and have started traveling in higher numbers.

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) said the highest daily total of people at U.S. airports was 1.57 million on Sunday last.

Reuters reported that under the new guidance fully vaccinated people will not be required to get a Covid-19 test before or after travel and will not need to self-quarantine after travel.

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.

However, the TSA said it was not lifting restrictions that bar most-non U.S. citizens from the United States if they have recently traveled to China, Brazil, South Africa, and most of Europe. Plus, nearly all international U.S. air visitors still need to get a negative Covid-19 test before traveling to the United States.

The CDC did not revise guidance for non-vaccinated people.

“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.

According to Reuters, the CDC’s new guidance says fully vaccinated people would only need the Covid-19 test before international travel if it is required by the international destination. 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.


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