The announcement of the agency’s lifting of guidelines that all Americans should avoid non-essential travel is expected to help the U.S. travel industry, which has continued to struggle since the start of the Covid-19 crisis in early this year. 2020. little children.
On March 22, a group representing major U.S. airlines, including American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, United Airlines, Southwest Airlines and other business groups, urged the CDC to immediately update its guidelines to say that “people vaccinated can travel safely ”.
The new guidelines will also state that fully vaccinated people do not need to take a Covid-19 test before or after travel and do not need to self-quarantine after travel.
The CDC has said that grandparents who have been fully vaccinated can fly to visit their grandchildren without taking a Covid-19 test or self-quarantine as long as they follow the advice of the CDC for safe travel.
But the administration is not lifting restrictions that prevent most non-US citizens of the United States who have recently visited China, Brazil, South Africa and most of Europe. It also maintains the requirements that almost all U.S. international air visitors obtain a negative Covid-19 test before traveling to the United States.
The CDC has not revised the guidelines for unvaccinated people.
“Vaccines can help us get back to the things we love in life, so we encourage all Americans to get vaccinated whenever they have the chance,” CDC director Rochelle Walensky said in a statement.
New CDC guidelines say fully vaccinated people do not need Covid-19 testing before international travel unless required by the international destination and vaccinated people returning from overseas travel do not need to self-quarantine upon return to the United States, unless required by state or local authorities.
The CDC had repeatedly refused in recent weeks to change the guidelines and reiterated that it always discouraged all non-essential travel due to concern about the new variants.
Many Americans have not listened to the advice of the CDC. The Transportation Security Administration screened 1.56 million people at US airports, just below 1.57 million on Sunday, which was the highest daily total since March 2020. The last time the number of passengers from the controlled airports was less than 1 million, it was March 10.
The Biden administration has taken steps to reduce international travel and mandatory masks on almost all forms of public transportation. The administration does not eliminate any mask rule.