COVID restrictions and scares put a stop to many vacation plans in 2020. According to a survey, only 44% of Americans planned trips last year.
Now that vaccinations are ramping up, COVID restrictions are loosening, and travel is making a big comeback. One survey says more than 67% of people are planning a summer getaway.
Millennials are especially excited to restart their travel plans. Of those planning to travel, roughly 74% are staying in the U.S., while 13% are going international. The survey also shows that quiet staycations are out, while beach destinations are in.
COVID is still a concern. With that in mind, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) offers some guidelines for traveling safely.
The CDC recommends delaying travel until you’re fully vaccinated. (The CDC doesn’t consider you fully immunized until two weeks after your final dose of the COVID vaccine.)
Once you’ve been fully vaccinated, you can:
- Travel within the United States without getting a test before or after a trip
- Travel internationally to some locations without getting a test before or after a trip
- Travel internationally without quarantining afterward
Even if you’re fully vaccinated, it’s vital to take precautions to keep other people safe when you travel. The CDC recommends:
- Wearing a mask over your nose and mouth
- Avoid crowds and stay at least six feet away from anyone who isn’t part of your travel group
- Wash your hands often or use hand sanitizer
For more information about traveling during COVID, check out resources from the CDC.