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Traveling this summer? CDC recommends everyone test for COVID-19 in days before flying

Julia Marnin, McClatchy Washington Bureau on

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If you are traveling internationally or within the U.S. this summer, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends you test for COVID-19 in the days before flying.

The agency’s recommendation for all travelers regardless of vaccination status came in an update to its COVID-19 testing website on May 16.

“Consider getting tested as close to the time of departure as possible (no more than 3 days) before your trip” when heading to any destination, the CDC said.

Before the update, the CDC’s recommendation did not include domestic travelers considered up-to-date on their vaccines, according to CNN.

The agency still recommends wearing masks when using public transportation, but doing so is no longer enforced as of April 18.

Here’s what you should know ahead of the “busy summer travel season,” which begins in late May and lasts for three months, according to the Transportation Security Administration.


Domestic travelers

In the U.S., COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations are on the rise, according to the CDC.

“Check your destination’s COVID-19 situation before traveling,” the agency says on its domestic travel website.

COVID-19 transmission rates throughout the country can be checked on the CDC’s COVID-19 Community Level interactive map, which displays infections by counties.


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