United States authority says vaccinated people can travel domestically, should wear masks

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Fully vaccinated people can start traveling again if they take precautions such as wearing a mask and observing social distancing, USA health authorities said Friday.

The guidance says that fully vaccinated people don't need a test, and don't need to quarantine, when traveling domestically.

The head of the CDC held out the promise of travel in asking people to get vaccinated when they can. Global travelers who've been vaccinated also don't need to take a COVID test before heading overseas, unless their destination country requires one, or self-quarantine upon arriving back in the US.

Officials updated their website on Friday to reflect the latest scientific evidence, writing that "people who are fully vaccinated with an FDA-authorized vaccine can travel safely within the United States".

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All people, even if vaccinated, should still wear masks on planes, the CDC said.

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

The agency's guidance, released in March, says people who have been fully vaccinated can meet indoors without masks. It also said vaccinated people could visit with unvaccinated people from a single household under similar conditions, as long as the unvaccinated individuals were at low risk for severe illness if infected. They must either get tested 3-5 days after they return and self-quarantine for 7 days, or self-quarantine for 10 days with no test.

The new advice comes after months of the CDC urging all Americans to avoid any kind of non-essential travel. However, all air passengers coming into the USA must have a negative coronavirus test result from no more than three days before their travel date. Walensky warned this week that Americans can't abandon mitigation efforts, saying she is scared of "impending doom" as a fourth wave begins to crest.

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