Saturday, November 27, 2021

Should I travel? Expert advice in this phase of the pandemic

(CNN) — An already powerful pent-up desire to travel has only intensified with the global weariness of pandemic restrictions and the rollout of vaccines in some countries.

The summer travel season is fast approaching in the Northern Hemisphere.

In the United States, many people — as seen in the crowds of spring break revelers in Florida and the latest passenger tallies at airport security checkpoints — are already on the move, whether they’re vaccinated or not. Some Americans are awaiting CDC guidance on travel for the fully vaccinated, while others who’ve had their shots are already traveling or making plans. People are asking from different corners of the globe:

Can I travel — and should I?” The answers are never universal.

In Sweden, which skipped lockdown measures imposed by its Scandinavian neighbors and suffered a higher death toll, the Public Health Agency’s website emphasizes “great personal responsibility” for travelers to follow local guidance and prevent the spread of infection. In the United Kingdom, travel — domestic or international.

Currently prohibited by the government. In Ireland, citizens must stay within a 5-kilometer radius of their homes for exercise. The United States clearly has far fewer restrictions on movement. When and how far you can travel — and whether the choice is yours — depends on where you live and, in many cases, on your own risk tolerance.

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