The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated its information for travelers April 2 to say that fully vaccinated travelers are less likely to get and spread COVID-19. However, international travel poses added risks and even fully vaccinated travelers are at increased risk for getting and possibly spreading new COVID-19 variants.
CDC recommends delaying international travel until you are fully vaccinated.
If you are fully vaccinated with an FDA-authorized vaccine:
• You should continue to follow CDC’s recommendations for traveling safely and get tested 3-5 days after travel.
• You do NOT need to get tested before leaving the United States unless your destination requires it.
• You do NOT need to self-quarantine after arriving in the United States.
Variants are mutations of the COVID-19 virus, which is common as viruses replicate themselves while moving from person to person.
“The COVID-19 vaccines that are currently in development or have been approved are expected to provide at least some protection against new virus variants because these vaccines elicit a broad immune response involving a range of antibodies and cells,” according to the World Health Organization.