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April 6, 2021 (Atlanta, GA) — On Friday, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) released new guidance regarding travel for fully vaccinated people.

As a reminder, per the CDC, you are ‘fully vaccinated’ two weeks after your final dose of the COVID-19 vaccine–two weeks after your second shot of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, and two weeks after your first and only shot of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

According to the CDC, fully vaccinated people traveling within the United States “do not need COVID-19 testing or post-travel self-quarantine as long as they continue to take precautions while traveling–wearing a mask, avoiding crowds, socially distancing, and washing hands frequently.” 

Fully vaccinated people traveling internationally: 

  1. Do not need a COVID-19 test before travel, unless required by the destination; 
  2. Do not require self-quarantine after returning to the United States, unless required by a state or local jurisdiction; 
  3. Must still have a negative COVID-19 test result before they board a flight to the United States and get a COVID-19 test 3 to 5 days after returning from international travel; and 
  4. Should continue to take COVID-19 precautions while traveling. 

Note that the CDC continues to discourage non-essential travel by those who are not fully vaccinated. According to Friday’s guidance, unvaccinated travelers “should still get tested 1-3 days before domestic travel and again 3-5 days after travel. They should stay home and self-quarantine for 7 days after travel or 10 days if they don’t get tested at the conclusion of travel.”

Travel guidance via the U.S. Embassy and Consulates in India has not been updated with information differentiating vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals. As of February 22, all international travelers arriving in India must:

  1. Upload a negative RT-PCR report, taken within 72 hours of departure for India, to the Air Suvidha portal;
  2. Submit a self-declaration form (detailing travel history and other information) to the same portal within 72 hours of departure for India;
  3. Be prepared to pay for a molecular COVID-19 test upon arrival in India if traveling from or through Europe, Brazil, South Africa, or the Middle East; and
  4. Commit to self-monitoring for 14 days upon arrival in India, or an at-home quarantine of at least 7 days if traveling from or through the United Kingdom, Brazil, or South Africa.

The CDC’s broader guidance for fully vaccinated people–including information about when you should still wear masks and maintain social and physical distancing–is here; be sure to review our Vaisaki guidance and other vaccine availability and safety resources as well.

As always, the Sikh Coalition urges you to practice your faith fearlessly.