COVID-19 vaccinations are being distributed daily, and reports show this number is increasing toward herd immunity. Dave Highbloom, an avidtraveler, adventurer, and thrill seeker, says COVID-19 vaccination rollouts have built up real momentum. Those who have already been inoculated are gearing up for travel plans they put off since last year. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has just released new guidance for fully vaccinated Americans,giving the green light for safe travel within the U.S. for those who have received an entire course of the COVID-19 vaccines.
Although this is excellent news and defeating the virus is trending upward, some states see infection numbers rise again. This means you need to check the CDC travel restrictions for the state of your planned vacation and make sure you adhere to that state’s COVID restrictions. Highbloom reminds us that not all states are the same. Some have opened fully, while others are still under a mask and social distancing mandates, with many theme parks and tourist destinations still closed or running limited capacity. Highbloom offers insight intosome of the nation’s most popular destination locales for domestic travel.
California no longer has statewide restrictions on inbound travelers, and the California Department of Public Health lifted its 120-mile travel advisory on April 1.In LA County, travelers coming from out of state are still required to quarantine for ten days upon the arrival. Florida, on the other hand, has no statewide travel restrictions in place for domestic visitors.
If trying to get on a last-minute ski trip, Colorado doesn’t have statewide travel restrictions. Still, Pitkin County (home to ski resort towns Aspen and Snowmass) has had formerly enforced its entry requirements. As of March 5, however, the previous Pitkin County Traveler Affidavit Requirement changed to the Traveler Responsibility Code, a simple affidavit asking visitors to acknowledge the CDC’s travel recommendations.
Each state considers federal guidelines and CDC recommendations but ultimately puts forth its own rules and regulations. Best to stay in the know before traveling.