“Vaccines can help us return to the things we love about life, so we encourage every American to get vaccinated as soon as they have the opportunity,” Walensky said.
The new policy replaces the agency’s previous guidance that Americans should avoid all non-essential trips. It also specifically allows fully vaccinated grandparents to travel to visit healthy grandchildren without undergoing COVID-19 tests or self-isolating.
The CDC said that fully vaccinated people can also travel internationally without testing or quarantine restrictions, but noted that other countries may require COVID-19 tests on entry. It also recommended that international travelers test negative before returning to the U.S.
While the new guidance is an important step toward a return to normalcy for the U.S., Walensky said the “CDC is not recommending travel at this time due to the rising number of cases.”
The U.S. is currently averaging around 62,000 new COVID-19 infections per day.
The agency did not lift restrictions for non-vaccinated travelers.