The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Friday said fully vaccinated people can safely travel at “low risk” after the agency had held off for weeks on revising guidance that discouraged all non-essential trips.
The announcement lifting the agency’s guidance that all Americans should avoid non-essential travel should assist the U.S. travel industry which is still significantly struggling since the Covid-19 crisis began in early 2020. The new CDC guidance specifically greenlights vaccinated grandparents getting on airplanes to see grandchildren.
A group representing major U.S. airlines including American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, United Airlines, Southwest Airlines and other trade groups on March 22 had urged the CDC to immediately update its guidance to say “vaccinated individuals can travel safely.”
The new guidance will also say fully vaccinated people do not need to get a Covid-19 test before or after travel and do not need to self-quarantine after travel.
The CDC said grandparents that have been fully vaccinated can fly to visit grandkids without getting a Covid-19 test or self-quarantining as long as they follow CDC advice for traveling safely.
But the administration is not lifting restrictions that bar most-non U.S. citizens from the United States who have recently been in China, Brazil, South Africa and most of Europe. It is also keeping requirements that nearly all international U.S. air visitors getting a negative Covid-19 test before traveling to the United States.
The CDC did not revise guidance for non-vaccinated people.
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