How will COVID-19 vaccines impact travelers?

More than 56 percent of adult Americans have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and 107.3 million are fully vaccinated, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

More people that are fully vaccinated are planning to travel on planes. The Transportation Security Administration said that nearly 1.67 million people were screened at U.S. airport checkpoints last Sunday. 

How will COVID-19 vaccines impact travelers? Here are some guidelines:

The CDC says people who have been fully vaccinated should travel two weeks after their final dose.  Also, they should continue to wear masks and keep social distancing in indoor public spaces. 

As global COVID-19 cases surge, travelers may still be at risk of infection. 

Many countries are still requiring individuals to have a negative COVID-19 test result before traveling abroad. Before making travel plans, you should make sure to confirm the current COVID-19 requirements for entry to your destination. 

The U.S. government has imposed travel restrictions on various countries to enter the United States, including Europe’s Schengen area, UK, and India. 

You still need to show a negative test result or documentation of recovery from COVID-19 before boarding an international flight to the United States, according to the CDC.

And the CDC continues to recommend travelers get tested 3-5 days after international travel.

Meanwhile, more countries are now open to American tourists, including Bolivia, Nepal, and Greece.

About 50 U.S. and U.K. travel-industry groups pushed President Joe Biden and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson to lift international travel restrictions between the two nations.

“Opening international borders when it is safe to do so is a high priority for the entire travel and tourism industry as we try to appropriately balance safety with the need for peoples’ livelihoods to continue and the ability to connect with people overseas,” Sharon Pinkerton, Airlines for America (A4A) senior vice president of legislative and regulatory policy said.

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