The L.A. County Department of Public Health said the CDC’s recommended travel guidance for fully vaccinated people will apply in Los Angeles, as of Monday.
The CDC’s flight regulations state that those who have been fully vaccinated will not need to take a COVID-19 test, nor self quarantine after a domestic flight.
“The CDC and L.A. County continue to urge that everyone avoid nonessential travel during this time when there are significant hot spots across the country and the world,” L.A. Public Health director Barbara Ferrer said Monday. “Travel is always associated with additional risk, however, travelers who are fully vaccinated… are at lower risk and they can now travel and they will not be required to test or quarantine upon their arrival in L.A. County.”
Ferrer added that the guidelines apply to fully vaccinated people who are not experiencing COVID-19 symptoms.
COVID-19 tests will be still be required for all before flying into the U.S. from another country, however. There are also instances when an international destination may require a test before a flight.
Those who are not fully vaccinated will still be asked to take and ge a negative COVID-19 tests before travel and quarantine for at least seven days after travel.
People are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after their final COVID-19 dose. Those receiving the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after their second (or “booster”) shot. Those receiving the Johnson & Johnson vaccine are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after taking the single-dose shot.
The CDC still recommends caution as variants of the COVID-19 virus have been discovered and are still being researched as far as severity, spreadability and reaction with the current vaccines.
As of Monday, L.A. County has administered more than 4 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, 1,323, 686 of those doses being second doses.