CDC: Vaccinated People Can Now Fly

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Though the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated its travel guidance giving the green light for fully vaccinated people to fly, it has still not changed its recommendations for everyone else to avoid nonessential travel.

The CDC has changed its guidelines around flying for vaccinated people, stating that: “Those who are fully vaccinated can travel within the United States and do not need COVID-19 testing or post-travel self-quarantine as long as they continue to take COVID-19 precautions while traveling—wearing a mask, avoiding crowds, socially distancing, and washing hands frequently.”

A person is considered fully vaccinated two weeks after receiving the last recommended dose of vaccine.


Because of the potential introduction and spread of new SARS-CoV-2 variants, differences in disease burden and vaccines, and vaccine coverage around the world, the CDC is providing the following guidance for fully vaccinated people traveling internationally:

  • Fully vaccinated people can travel internationally without getting a COVID-19 test before travel unless it is required by the international destination.
  • Fully vaccinated people do not need to self-quarantine after returning to the United States, unless required by a state or local jurisdiction.
  • Fully vaccinated people must still have a negative COVID-19 test result before they board a flight to the United States and get a COVID-19 test 3 to 5 days after returning from international travel.
  • Fully vaccinated people should continue to take COVID-19 precautions while traveling internationally.

The news that meeting planners are waiting for is still delayed: The CDC has not changed its recommendation regarding unvaccinated people, stating that it “recommends delaying travel until you are fully vaccinated, because travel increases your chance of getting and spreading COVID-19.”

Unvaccinated travelers should still get tested 1-3 days before domestic travel and again 3-5 days after travel. They should stay home and self-quarantine for 7 days after travel or 10 days if they don’t get tested at the conclusion of travel.

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