The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said on Friday that fully vaccinated people can travel, opening the door for a potential cruise restart in the United States with fully vaccinated passengers and crew.
Fully vaccinated people can start traveling again if they take precautions such as wearing a mask and observing social distancing, USA health authorities said Friday.
Masks are still recommended, along with social distancing and other precautions. "I would advocate against general travel overall", she said.
With regard to worldwide travel, fully vaccinated people will not be required to take a COVID-19 test ahead of time - unless their destination requires such testing - and will not have to self-isolate after returning to the United States after traveling.
"Fully vaccinated" is two weeks after receiving the second dose or the Moderna of Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine, or two weeks after receiving the one-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine. The statement did not elaborate as to how an individual can prove they are fully vaccinated, although the Department of HHS has thus far shown no appetite for enforcing the controversial idea of "vaccine passports", leaving it up to private industry as to how they will handle proof of vaccination.
The CDC continues to advise anyone who hasn't been fully vaccinated to avoid traveling, but if it is necessary for those people to travel, the CDC recommends they be tested one to three days before travel and then once more three to five days after returning home.
Meanwhile, nothing has changed for travelers who are not fully vaccinated.
Vaccinated travelers can go overseas without getting a Covid-19 test before travel unless it is required by the global destination, the new guidelines say. However, the CDC had not made any move to review its guidance that discouraged all non-essential trips.
The CDC also recommends that people get tested three to five days after travel.