CDC: Low travel risk for those who complete vaccinations but discourages travel

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) notes that travel risk is low for those who have completed vaccinations and that, in the future, no further testing will be required before or after domestic travel, while international travel will depend on the destination. However, given that the outbreak is still on the rise, travel is not encouraged.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released its latest recommendations for the new crown travel guidelines on April 2. Rochelle Walensky, the center’s director, said people who have completed vaccinations are at relatively low risk for travel, but the CDC still does not recommend travel in light of the rising number of confirmed cases.

For travel within the U.S., the guidelines suggest that people who have been vaccinated for 2 weeks will not need to be tested for the virus before or after travel, nor will they need to self-isolate after travel. However, the guide recommends that when traveling on mass transit such as airplanes, trains and buses, people should still take precautions such as wearing masks, avoiding crowds, maintaining social distances and washing their hands frequently.

For international travel, the guide recommends that people who have completed vaccination do not need to be tested before flying, unless required by the destination country, and that they do not need to quarantine themselves upon arrival in the U.S., unless required by state regulations. However, testing is still required before returning to the U.S. and a negative test certificate is required before boarding.

The CDC’s latest guidelines not only give the green light to the summer travel season, but also help encourage people to get vaccinated, which is great news for the airline and travel and tourism industries that have been hit hard over the past year.

The CDC said the 2nd update reflects recent scientific assessments and evidence showing the effectiveness of vaccination. Approximately 56 million adults have been vaccinated across the United States, and approximately 100 million people have received at least one dose. There are currently three classes of novel coronavirus vaccines approved in the United States, and President Joe Biden recently announced that 90 percent of U.S. adults will be eligible for vaccination by April 19.

According to Johns Hopkins University, the number of people diagnosed in the United States exceeds 30.54 million, and more than 550,000 have died.