The US government agency had been holding out on releasing guidance for non-essential trips for weeks. The US travel industry cheered the news since it has not had consistent travelers since the pandemic began in early 2020.
The new guidance also says that fully vaccinated individuals do not need to get tested for COVID-19 before or after the flight. The CDC is maintaining its restrictions on individuals that will be traveling internationally, specifically to China, Brazil, South Africa, and Europe.
The CDC did not revise guidance for non-vaccinated people.
“Vaccines can help us return to the things we love about life, so we encourage every American to get vaccinated as soon as they have the opportunity,” CDC director Rochelle Walensky said.
As the CDC dragging its feet on revising travel guidance for fully vaccinated individuals, many have been traveling anyways. The Transportation Security Administration recently screened around 1.5 million people, its highest total since March 2020.
Fully vaccinated individuals will still be required to wear masks.