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Assist Alert: CDC Issues New Guidance for Fully Vaccinated Travelers

CDC Issues New Guidance for Fully Vaccinated Travelers

April 2, 2021


The CDC (United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) presented new guidelines on April 2, 2021 surrounding travel for those that have been fully vaccinated which state that fully vaccinated travelers can travel safely within the United States and U.S. territories without the need to get tested before or after travel, unless their destination requires it.

For international travel, fully vaccinated people don't need a Covid-19 test prior to travel -- unless it is required by the destination -- and do not need to self-quarantine after returning to the United States. They should still have a negative Covid-19 test before boarding a flight to the US, and a follow up test three to five days after their return.  The CDC is not lifting travel restrictions barring the entry of most non-U.S. citizens from places including China, Brazil, South Africa and parts of Europe. It will continue to require airline passengers entering the U.S. to get a test within three days of their departure and show proof of a negative result before boarding.

 A “fully vaccinated” individual is defined as someone who has received the full dosage of an FDA approved vaccine and has waited two weeks following administration of the final dose. For an individual to be considered “fully vaccinated,” an individual will have to have received the required two doses of Pfizer or Moderna vaccines OR the single dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, two weeks prior to travel. If you do not meet these requirements, you are not fully vaccinated and should continue to take all precautions until you are fully vaccinated. 

This loosened restriction has been driven by evidence from the CDC that fully vaccinated travelers are less likely to get and spread COVID-19; however, the CDC continues to emphasize that all Americans (vaccinated or not) should continue to follow the CDC recommendations surrounding traveling safely, including: wearing a mask covering the nose and mouth, maintaining 6 feet of social distancing from others, avoiding crowds, and washing your hands often and/or use hand sanitizer. 


All travelers should continue to follow all state and local recommendations/requirements. Please note, if you have a condition or are taking medications that weakens your immune system, you may still not be fully protected, even if you are fully vaccinated. Please speak with your healthcare provider for guidance on travel.



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