CDC says fully vaccinated Americans free to travel, but urges observance of precautions

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Americans who have already received the full COVID-19 vaccine can travel both within the United States as well as internationally, but they must continue adhering to containment measures such as wearing masks, federal health officials said on Friday.

According to the new recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, vaccinated Americans will not need to take a coronavirus test before arriving in other countries unless required to do so by authorities in those countries.

The new guidelines follow other issued in early March allowing persons who are fully vaccinated to gather in small groups in private settings without masks.

People who take both inoculations of the vaccine will be considered to be fully vaccinated two weeks after receiving the second shot of the two-dose regimen, or two weeks after receiving the Johnson & Johnson jab.

Despite the latest published guidelines, CDC Director Rochelle Walensky told reporters that now was not a good time to take a trip as the pandemic continues to ravage countries across the world.

(With input from agencies)