American travellers returning home from overseas or out of state no longer face a 14-day mandatory self-isolation order.
Last week, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) changed the recommendations on its website, removing the mandatory portion of its self-isolation requirements for returning travellers.
Previously, the CDC advised travellers to self-isolate for 14 days after visiting overseas destinations or visiting areas with high COVID-19 cases.
Travellers, however, are still advised to follow COVID-19 protocols, such as mask wearing, social distancing and avoiding friends, family and colleagues for 14 days after travel to prevent spreading.
The health agency says that travellers and their travel companions could still “pose a risk” to family, friends and community for 14 days after being exposed to the virus, “regardless of where you travelled and what you did during your trip.”
Post-travel quarantine requirements and recommendations for visitors and American residents can differ by state.
In Canada, all returning travellers are required, by law, to self-isolate for 14 days, as per the Quarantine Act.
Canada’s 14-day quarantine measure has been criticized by members of the Canadian travel industry, with some viewing it as a major barrier in restarting Canada’s travel and tourism economy that could lead to irreparable damage.
Last week, Montreal-based Airports Council International (ACI) condemned unnecessary quarantine measures that undermine passenger confidence, calling upon governments to take a science-backed approach and establish "travel bubbles" with low-risk countries.
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