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CDC says travel is 'low risk' once you've got COVID-19 vaccination

There's no need to quarantine after international travel if you've been vaccinated, the agency says, but you should continue to wear a mask and avoid crowds.

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The CDC guidelines for travel changed on Friday.

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Friday relaxed its guidelines on travel for people who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. You can travel "at low risk" within the US and internationally, but must keep wearing a mask in public, avoiding crowds, maintaining social distancing and washing hands regularly.

You're considered fully vaccinated two weeks after getting the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine, or two weeks after your second dose of the two-dose Pfizer or Moderna vaccines.

International travelers who've been vaccinated should have a negative coronavirus test result three days before flying to the US, and should get tested against three to five days after landing.

The guidelines for unvaccinated people remain unchanged.

These changes follow the CDC's March guidance that fully vaccinated people can gather indoors in small groups without wearing masks or social distancing.

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