Travel News Safety & Insurance The CDC's New COVID-19 Guidance for Activities Is Great News for Travelers The list of secondary perks for fully vaccinated people just got a lot longer Written by Katherine Alex Beaven Instagram Katherine Alex Beaven is a freelance news writer for TripSavvy. She’s lived abroad in Italy, Japan, South Africa, and Australia. Tripsavvy's Editorial Guidelines Katherine Alex Beaven Updated 04/28/21 Fact-Checked by Reviewed on 04/28/21 Jillian Dara Instagram Jillian Dara is a freelance travel writer and fact checker. Her work has appeared in Travel + Leisure, USA Today 10Best, Michelin Guide, Hemispheres, DuJour, and Jetsetter. About TripSavvy Fact-Checking Jillian Dara Share Pin Email Thomas Barwick / Getty Images The list of secondary perks for fully vaccinated people just got a whole lot longer, thanks to a much-anticipated update from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. On April 27, 2021, the agency officially changed its guidelines for social interactions and activities, and it’s great news—especially for travelers. According to the update, people who have received either both doses of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine or the single-dose Johnson and Johnson's Janssen vaccine—and waited two weeks for the vaccine to reach its full efficacy level—have the green light to socialize both indoors and outdoors in small groups, without wearing masks or physical distancing. The new guidelines also allow an unvaccinated individual to socialize with fully vaccinated family and friends outside without masks or physical distancing. They also give the go-ahead for fully vaccinated people to gather indoors with unvaccinated folks sans masks or physical distancing, as long as it’s a maximum of two households mixing and no one who is unvaccinated is at-risk for severe cases of COVID-19. Want to go to a festival or crowded outdoor event? If you’re fully vaccinated, the CDC now says it’s safe as long as you mask up. "There is a significant amount of epidemiological data available that would suggest that outdoor transmission is unlikely. Further, there are several studies indicating that viral aerosols are likely to decay more rapidly outdoors," said Joshua L. Santarpia, Ph.D., an associate professor of Pathology and microbiology at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. "Together, this suggests that risk outdoors is low and that reducing restrictions on mask wear during outdoor activities is reasonable." Obviously, this is all great news for travelers, ushering us one step closer to that carefree pre-pandemic staycation or vacation. Yes, masks are still required for everyone on all forms of public transit, including planes, trains, and buses. However, these new guidelines will hopefully help ease anxiety for fully vaccinated travelers looking to visit an unvaccinated friend or family member, going on staycation and splitting a hotel room with an unvaccinated friend or family member, or even just being able to enjoy a day at the beach or hike without worrying about masks or keeping six feet apart. Other travel perks for fully vaccinated people include no pre-travel testing or post-travel quarantine for domestic travel and no quarantine upon return from international travel (though you’ll still need to show proof of a negative test taken within 72 hours for entry back into the U.S.). However, despite the new guidelines and although things are beginning to look and feel a little more 'normal' in the travel world, the CDC and U.S. State Department still advise against all non-essential travel both domestically and abroad—for now. For the updated guidelines and a list of general social activities and their risk levels for both vaccinated and unvaccinated participants, head over to the CDC website. Was this page helpful? Thanks for letting us know! Share Pin Email Tell us why! Submit Here’s What It’s Like to Travel to Puerto Rico During the COVID-19 Pandemic The CDC Says Fully Vaccinated Americans Can Travel It's Been a Wild Few Weeks for U.S. Cruises, But We Have Good News Travelers Are Itching to Get out There—and Are Planning Longer Trips Than Ever More Than 100 Destinations Have Been Added to the State Department's "Do Not Travel" List These Cruise Lines Will Require COVID-19 Vaccines To Sail Vaccinated Americans Can Travel to Europe This Summer When Will My State Reopen? Dates for Every U.S. State Outdoor Activities Soared During the Pandemic—Including Some You Might Not Expect Travel to the Caribbean: A Reopening Timeline, Country by Country The CDC Won't Require COVID-19 Testing for U.S. Domestic Travel. Here's Why After Months of Silence, CDC Finally Releases Next Steps For Return Of U.S. Cruises Travel to Europe: A Reopening Timeline, Country by Country Bali and Thailand Plan on Fully Reopening to Tourists by July What Countries Can I Travel To If I’m Vaccinated? Should You Travel to Europe Right Now?