CDC Releases Updated Travel Guidance

Summer is upon us, and the rate of fully vaccinated individuals against COVID-19 continues to rise throughout the United States. People are ready to travel, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued updated guidance for domestic travel for fully vaccinated people.

The updated guidance, which can be accessed here, makes two notable distinctions for vaccinated travelers. First, vaccinated travelers do not need to test for COVID-19 prior to travel. And second, they do not need to quarantine upon return from travel.

The CDC continues to advise all travelers, whether vaccinated or not, to socially distance themselves by staying six feet away from those not in their travel party and to wash or sanitize hands frequently. Additionally, masks are still required for all passengers using public transportation, including planes. After travel, it is important for everyone to continue to monitor their symptoms and, if COVID-19 symptoms arise, to self-quarantine and get tested.

The CDC considers a person “fully vaccinated” after two weeks after either the Johnson & Johnson single dose or the second dose of Moderna and Pfizer. Individuals who are partially through this process are not considered fully vaccinated and should continue to follow travel guidelines for unvaccinated individuals.

For questions on how this updated guidance may affect your current leave policies, contact Employers Council for assistance. Please continue to monitor CDC guidance for travel outside of the United States and for additional updates as they are provided.