Under new relaxed guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, unvaccinated Americans no longer need to be quarantined if exposed to COVID-19. Also, people who test positive for the coronavirus can end isolation early if they are asymptomatic or their symptoms improve quickly.
CDC spokesman Tom Skinner told USA Today on Friday that additional travel guidance is coming soon. He did not provide a timeline for those updates.
“CDC is in the process of updating guidance for K-12/ECE, healthcare settings, high-risk populations and travel,” Skinner said in an email. “So as of now, there are no changes to travel guidance.”
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with Limited exceptions, only foreign nationals who have been vaccinated can enter the US, but US citizens can enter without vaccination. A pre-departure test is no longer required to enter the country from mid-June.
Here’s what all travelers need to know about entering the US by air, land and sea.
Can I travel if I am not up to date on my COVID-19 vaccines and have been exposed to COVID-19?
The CDC now recommends that people Mask for 10 days And test after five days if they are not fully vaccinated but have been in contact with someone who is COVID-19 positive. This is in line with existing recommendations for fully vaccinated people.
Regardless of vaccination status, the CDC advises people who test positive Quarantine for at least five daysInstead of previous 10.
“On or after day 6, when they are fever-free for 24 hours and their other symptoms improve, they can end isolation and wear masks at home and in public,” said CDC guidelines author Greta Massetti. .
Air travel to America
Air travel is now commonplace for US citizens. There are no pre-departure testing requirements for any travelers, and Americans arriving from abroad are not required to show proof of immunization. The same applies to immigrants and legal permanent residents.
The CDC still recommends, but does not require, pre-departure testing for all travelers to the US.
However, foreign nationals must show proof of vaccination to enter the US before boarding their flight.
Here’s what the CDC is all about Considered fully vaccinated For the purposes of international visitors:
- Two weeks (14 days) after your approved single-dose vaccine dose.
- Two weeks (14 days) after the second dose of your approved two-dose series
- Two weeks (14 days) after you have received the full series (no placebo) of a COVID-19 vaccine accepted in a clinical trial
- Two weeks (14 days) after you receive two doses of any “mix-and-match” combination of accepted COVID-19 vaccines administered at least 17 days apart.
As of June, airlines were still carrying nearly 20% fewer transatlantic passengers than in 2019, according to industry trade group Airlines for America.
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Can US citizens travel between Canada and Mexico by land or ferry?
Borders with the US, Canada and Mexico are open, but some restrictions remain.
With few exceptions, only Fully immunized foreign nationals Can enter Canada.
A COVID test is not required for anyone entering the US or Mexico, nor is it required for fully vaccinated travelers entering Canada.
US Customs and Border Protection states that “all testing requirements for travel fall within the authority and jurisdiction of the CDC.”
“CBP is currently operating under a Notice of Temporary Travel Restrictions applicable to land ports of entry and ferry service in the United States and Canada/Mexico,” a federal agency spokesperson said in a statement to USA Today. “CBP will continue to enforce these restrictions until they are lifted or rescinded by the Secretary of Homeland Security.”
What does the new guidance mean for cruise lines?
The CDC last month issued updated COVID-19 guidance for cruise ships, including recommended protocols for symptomatic passengers, crew and their close contacts.
As part of those guidelines, the agency said all symptomatic travelers must be isolated and tested after presenting symptoms to medical personnel. In addition to identifying and testing close contacts of infected people, the CDC said cruise ships could consider a number of measures, including quarantine for “at least 5 full days after their last exposure.” Website.
Passengers can check with their cruise line for the latest protocols.
“Passengers traveling on CLIA-member cruise lines will see health and safety protocols that evolve in line with public health conditions,” Ann Madison, spokeswoman for the Cruise Lines International Association, told USA Today.
Carnival Cruise Line, for example, requires passengers who “have been in or have been in close contact with a guest or crew member who tests positive for Covid-19,” or their close contacts, who have symptoms to be tested. Website. Those passengers may need to be quarantined in their staterooms until cleared by a medical team.
Royal Caribbean International is also required to isolate guests who test positive and close contacts “must meet quarantine and/or testing requirements as required by their vaccination status,” according to Line. Website.
Contributed by: Associated Press