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CDC Issues COVID-19 Recommendations For Traveling in the USA

April 2, 2021 • 11:02 am CDT
(Vax Before Travel)

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published updated COVID-19 vaccination information for travelers within the USA on April 2, 2021.

The CDC states 'people are considered fully vaccinated 2 weeks after their second dose in a 2-dose series, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or 2 weeks after a single-dose vaccine, such as J&J’s Janssen vaccine.

The CDC states 'people who are fully vaccinated with a U.S. FDA-authorized COVID-19 vaccine can travel safely within the United States:

  • Fully vaccinated travelers do not need to get tested before or after travel unless their destination requires it.
  • Fully vaccinated travelers do not need to self-quarantine

However, fully vaccinated travelers should still follow CDC’s recommendations for traveling safely, including, but not limited to, wearing a face mask over your nose and mouth.

Furthermore, if you are not fully vaccinated and must travel, take the following steps to protect yourself and others from COVID-19:

  • Get tested with a viral test 1-3 days before your trip.
  • While you are traveling, wear a mask over your nose and mouth. Masks are required on planes, buses, trains, and other forms of public transportation traveling into, within, or out of the USA and in U.S. transportation hubs such as airports and stations.
  • And the CDC's face mask order applies to all persons traveling on commercial maritime conveyances into, within, or out of the USA and to all persons at U.S. seaports.

After you travel, get tested with a viral test 3-5 days after travel AND stay home and self-quarantine for a full 7 days after travel. Even if you test negative, stay home and self-quarantine for the full 7 days.

Moreover, if your test is positive, isolate yourself to protect others from getting infected, says the CDC.

Also, state, local, and territorial governments may have travel restrictions in place, including testing requirements, stay-at-home orders, and quarantine requirements upon arrival. For up-to-date information and travel guidance, check the state or territorial and local health department where you are, along your route, and where you are going. 

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