CDC says fully vaccinated people may travel

Old Apr 2nd, 2021, 01:51 PM
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Travel within USA without tests or quarantine! Wonderful! My kids in Buffalo NY got their first Fauci Ouchies. I think these are great news.
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Old Apr 2nd, 2021, 03:04 PM
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My daughter has given up on Wales and is looking at Egypt.


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Old Apr 2nd, 2021, 03:19 PM
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My daughter has given up on Wales and is looking at Egypt.
Egypt is fabulous! I've been there twice and would gladly go back. The temples, tombs and artifacts are wonderful. I've never been to Wales but I don't know how it could compete with Egypt.
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Old Apr 2nd, 2021, 04:11 PM
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Yes, the CDC's blessing was for DOMESTIC travel at this time.
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Old Apr 2nd, 2021, 04:37 PM
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For those considering Iceland, have you seen the live stream of the Fagradalsfjall volcano? Scroll down a bit for the live stream. Pretty cool.

https://icelandmonitor.mbl.is/news/n...jall_eruption/

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Old Apr 2nd, 2021, 09:12 PM
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Iíve got tickets to Switzerland the end of October... fingers still crossed they will welcome us by that time.
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Old Apr 2nd, 2021, 09:23 PM
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Like a lot of Europe, Switzerland is a bit behind on vaccinations. But, I hope you get to go. Late September/early October is my favorite time of year to visit.
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Old Apr 2nd, 2021, 10:24 PM
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How are Insurance companies responding to this latest travel news, are they still offering policies that include covid coverage?
I am done. the question.
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Old Apr 3rd, 2021, 03:05 AM
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I am desperate to get out of dodge but am anxious about booking the dance convention in July- not really cause Of covid but cost. They require a. negative test or vaccination which I have. Convention is $299. Hotel is $239 a night for four nights. Air to Tampa is $369 to get there when I want (not early but in time for conference check in around 7. )Itís the Don Cesar on St Pete beach. The other ladies have roommates cutting the cost.

The thing is, I can afford it and Iíll dance with Louis Can Amstel from DWTS and I know it will be joyful but the cost is a trip to Europe- which of course I canít take.
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Old Apr 3rd, 2021, 05:19 AM
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Go for it Vicky. Dancing means so much to you and you get to dance with Louis!
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Old Apr 3rd, 2021, 05:40 AM
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We're driving to Michigan to see GS and meet new baby GD in a few weeks. I'm trying to convince DH that this news from the CDC means I can use the bathroom at a rest stop, rather than peeing in my travel potty in a cornfield, like we did last October I'll do anything to go see them, but getting slightly dehydrated and peeing in cornfields is something I'd like to put behind me.

Hoping to go to Portland to see pregnant DD and SIL in May, it's been so long since we've seen them in person. It will feel so odd to get on a plane.
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Old Apr 3rd, 2021, 09:38 AM
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Not using the bathroom at a rest stop???? Please, this is ridiculous.
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Old Apr 3rd, 2021, 09:40 AM
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Originally Posted by barbrn View Post
I was doing it anyway but it is nice the CDC has given their blessing.
I don't think it's necessarily their blessing. They were admitting that travel poses little risk to the fully vaccinated.

Because they encourage you NOT to do nonessential travel, because cases are going up in some states and you have the chance of being exposed to variants.

For international travel, you still need a negative test before boarding a flight back to the US. The only new thing is that you don't have to self-quarantine when you get back. I doubt many people were self-quarantining.

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Old Apr 3rd, 2021, 09:41 AM
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Originally Posted by kswl3 View Post
Iíve got tickets to Switzerland the end of October... fingers still crossed they will welcome us by that time.
Non refundable?

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Like a lot of Europe, Switzerland is a bit behind on vaccinations. But, I hope you get to go. Late September/early October is my favorite time of year to visit.

I think I have a credit with a hotel there so yeah I'd like to go but I want to at least start getting vaccinated before I book anything, even if non-refundable.
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Old Apr 3rd, 2021, 09:43 AM
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Some American expats or "digital nomads" are rushing back to the US to get vaccinated earlier than they're likely to be vaccinated in Europe.

https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/u...cinations-cmd/

Eric Barry has been riding a seemingly never-ending wave of uncertainty in his life over the past year.

The 35-year-old writer and podcast host, who is originally from California's Bay Area, was researching a novel in Ecuador when the global pandemic erupted in March 2020.

Over the next 12 months, as Barry tried to establish his new home base in Berlin, where he's studying for a master's degree, he faced challenge after challenge: an apartment that fell through in Berlin's notoriously difficult rental market; trying to track down a German residence permit likely mailed to his former address; and navigating an unfamiliar healthcare system in which he has no idea when he'll be vaccinated.

Now, Barry is headed back to the United States for something he does have control over: getting his Covid-19 shot in the near future. Hearing a fellow expat's plans a few weeks ago to travel to the US for her own vaccination "planted a seed," he says.

"And then on a Facebook group I started seeing wave after wave of Americans that were all traveling back, and I thought, maybe this is something I want to do," Barry says while waiting in a Starbucks before the first of a three-flight, 30-plus-hour journey to California, where he plans to stay with his already-vaccinated mom.
"I never thought that, as I was leaving the United States for Germany, with this promise of a life with a better healthcare system, less than a year later I'd be traveling back to the US for healthcare."
Well at least these are younger people opting to try to get vaccinated ASAP. There was a fear that the younger groups would decline to be vaccinated, figuring risk to their own health was relatively small from covid.
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Old Apr 3rd, 2021, 09:55 AM
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Barb, Iím really thrilled for you!
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** I'm trying to convince DH that this news from the CDC means I can use the bathroom at a rest stop, rather than peeing in my travel potty in a cornfield,**

I find rest stops on the interstates to be somewhat outdoorsy, but huge and well ventilated. Too much open air really - cold in winter and hot in summer. I had to travel I-95 from Orlando to Jacksonville in mid April and was concerned about the same thing. I found the rest stops had a big thing of hand sanitizer on a stand outside and there were very few travelers. Even back in April, in Florida (DeathSantis was already declaring wrestling a necessary business), most people put on masks to go in.
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Old Apr 3rd, 2021, 12:21 PM
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Vicky, since you can afford it, GO and have fun.

I drove across the mid-west last summer and used gas station/convenience store restrooms which were nice, very clean and located in the store - not those ones from the past located at the back of the store where you needed a key. Hand sanitizer was located at all the entrances and everyone was masked.
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Old Apr 3rd, 2021, 01:19 PM
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Originally Posted by scrb11 View Post
I don't think it's necessarily their blessing. They were admitting that travel poses little risk to the fully vaccinated.

Because they encourage you NOT to do nonessential travel, because cases are going up in some states and you have the chance of being exposed to variants.

For international travel, you still need a negative test before boarding a flight back to the US. The only new thing is that you don't have to self-quarantine when you get back. I doubt many people were self-quarantining.
I just need to point out that if you are an international traveler returning to or visiting NYS, you are required to quarantine for 7 days if you test between days 3-5 upon your return. If you decline to test, you are required to quarantine for 10 days. A negative test does not exempt you from completing quarantine. Another thing to point out is that a “level 1” country does not exempt you from adhering to NYS international travel rules. Some people are surprised to learn that the NYS DOH regulations out rank CDC.
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Old Apr 3rd, 2021, 05:31 PM
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Yes, but are we welcome anywhere? 😅

That is my question. My brother can't go into Vermont from NY and they are vaccinated. The mil of my niece is coming for a visit and is an anti-vaccine. My niece is not happy. She has to test before the flight and then quarantine once she arrives for several days and then be tested again. I know it has been over a year and she wants to see the grands but get the vaccine first. We have agreed to wait till they are all vaccinated.
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