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CDC: Unvaccinated foreign travelers under age of 18 no longer need to self-quarantine upon arrival

Randy Mancini 45 October 31, 2021
A passenger pushes children on a trolley as they sit on luggage past members of the Royal Malaysia Police after their flight landed in Langkawi from Kuala Lumpur International Airport on September 16, 2021, as the holiday island reopened to domestic tourists following closures due to restrictions to halt the spread of the Covid-19 coronavirus. (Photo by Mohd RASFAN / AFP) (Photo by MOHD RASFAN/AFP via Getty Images)

A passenger pushes children on a trolley as they sit on luggage past members of the Royal Malaysia Police after their flight landed in Langkawi from Kuala Lumpur International Airport on September 16, 2021, as the holiday island reopened to domestic tourists following closures due to restrictions to halt the spread of the Covid-19 coronavirus. (Photo by MOHD RASFAN/AFP via Getty Images)

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention put an end to its quarantine requirements for unvaccinated foreign travelers under the age of 18 upon arrival to the U.S.

On Saturday, CDC Director Rochelle Walensky signed a reverse order making it so the children of foreign nationals won’t be required to quarantine for seven days. The move comes in response to concerned parents earlier this week, as well as airline companies who say it could harm international travel.

“Based on the potential difficulty that self-quarantine may pose to children under 18 years of age especially when accompanied by a vaccinated parent or guardian who is not required to self-quarantine, CDC has determined that self-quarantine should not be required,” the order reads.

Meanwhile, those who receive an exemption will still have to get vaccinated within 60 days after entering the states.

“CDC believes that this approach fairly balances the interests of families traveling to the United States with protecting the public health. CDC guidance strongly recommends vaccination for all eligible children under 18,” the order continued.

The travel ban was first put in place back in March of 2020 under the Trump administration, later being extended by Joe Biden. The Biden administration recently announced the lifting of the restrictions on Nov. 8, allowing fully vaccinated travelers from other countries to cross over to the U.S.

Starting Nov 8: #Travel requirements will change for any passengers traveling to the United States by air. Find out what you will need to do to board a flight to the United States https://t.co/sVGJdf7tgc #CDC #Travel #COVID19 pic.twitter.com/c7iZB4j7u3

— CDC Travel Health (@CDCtravel) October 30, 2021

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