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The Biden administration has lifted restrictions on official travel for by federal employees who are fully vaccinated—meaning at least two weeks past the required last dose of a vaccine—while others remain subject to restrictions.

“There are no government-wide limits on official travel for federal employees who are fully vaccinated. Employees should follow their agency’s travel policy. Agencies may have collective bargaining obligations regarding implementation of any changes to official travel policies that have been in place for bargaining unit employees,” says an updated posting on https://www.saferfederalworkforce.gov.


They “not need to get tested before or after domestic travel or self-quarantine after domestic travel, unless required by their destination. However, vaccinated individuals should self-monitor for symptoms, wear a mask over nose and mouth on planes, buses, trains, and other forms of public transportation traveling into, within, or out of the United States, and while indoors in U.S. transportation hubs such as airports and stations, and take other precautions during travel. Travelers are not required to wear a mask in outdoor areas of a conveyance (like an open-air ferry or top deck of a bus).”

Regarding international travel, it says they similarly do not need to get tested before leaving the United States unless required by their destination or to self-quarantine after arriving back in the United States.

However, on return to the United States they are subject to general requirements that persons entering the country have a negative SARS-CoV-2 viral test result no more than three days before the flight to the United States departs or must show documentation of recovery from COVID-19 within the previous 90 days before they board a flight to the United States. They also should get tested with a viral test three to five days after travel and should self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms, it says.

For those not fully vaccinated, travel is “limited to mission critical trips. For those employees, international travel should also be avoided if at all possible, unless it is mission-critical (e.g., military deployments, COVID-19 response deployments/activities, diplomats traveling, high-level international negotiations that cannot occur remotely).”

They further should observe CDC recommendations for travel by those not fully vaccinated, it adds.

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