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April 2, 2021

Fully Vaccinated Americans Can Travel Safety Within U.S., CDC Says

Fully Vaccinated Americans Can Travel Safety Within U.S., CDC Says

Updated on April 2, 2021 at 12:00pm EDT.

People who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 can now travel safely within the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

U.S. health officials issued updated travel guidance on April 2, noting that people who are fully vaccinated are less likely to become infected or spread the coronavirus to others. The CDC has also lifted some testing and quarantine recommendations for those who are considered fully protected against the disease.

When traveling within the United States, fully vaccinated people:

  • Do not need to get tested before or after their trip unless their destination requires it
  • Do not need to self-quarantine

Keep in mind, all travelers must continue to wear a mask over their nose and mouth at all times in public places, including in U.S. transportation hubs, such as airports and stations as well as on planes, buses, trains and other forms of transportation.

Fully vaccinated travelers should continue to practice physical distancing of at least 6 feet from other people who are not traveling with them. They should also practice good hand hygiene, washing their hands well and often with soap and water or using hand sanitizer that is at least 60 percent alcohol.

After returning home, even fully vaccinated people must continue to monitor their health and be mindful of coronavirus symptoms, including:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

To be clear, people are considered fully vaccinated if:

  • It’s been 2 weeks since their second dose of either the Pfizer or Moderna mRNA vaccine
  • It’s been 2 weeks since they received the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine

Anyone who doesn’t meet these requirements should delay travel plans until they are fully vaccinated to reduce their risk of getting COVID-19, the CDC cautions.

Unvaccinated or partially vaccinated people who must travel should continue to follow all travel precautions, including testing before and after travel, as well as a 7-day self-quarantine after returning home, the CDC cautions. Unvaccinated people who travel and do not test after returning home should quarantine for at least 10 days.

Health officials also point out that people who have weakened immune systems may not be completely protected against COVID-19—even if they are fully vaccinated. These people should talk to their doctor before traveling within the United States and continue to take all necessary precautions recommended for unvaccinated people.

Medically reviewed in April 2021.

Sources:
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “Domestic Travel During COVID-19.” Apr 2, 2021.
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “Symptoms of Coronavirus.” Feb 22, 2021.

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