COVID-19 (coronavirus) travel advice

Although widespread vaccination is a promising way to end the coronavirus pandemic 2019 (COVID-19), it will take time.

If you have to travel, make sure you take all precautions. You are less likely to be infected if you have been fully vaccinated. COVID-19 However, international travel can increase your chances of finding something new. COVID-19 Variants. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that you avoid travel until you have been fully vaccinated.

Before you travel

These are some questions to consider when planning your travel.

  • Are you up to date on your vaccinations? COVID-19 What is the best way to get started? Get vaccinated as soon as possible. You should wait two weeks before you travel if the vaccine requires two doses. Your body takes time to develop immunity after vaccinations. You are less likely to spread disease once you have been fully vaccinated. COVID-19 You can safely travel within the U.S.
  • Are you at greater risk of severe illness? Anyone can get COVID-19. However, older adults and those with certain medical conditions are more at risk of severe illness. COVID-19.
  • Are you living with someone at higher risk of severe illness? You can transmit the virus to people you know when you return from travel.
  • Are there any travel restrictions or requirements at your destination or home?

Be sure to check local restrictions, requirements, and situations.

Some states, localities, and territories have specific requirements. For example, they may require people to get tested or wear masks, or that those who have just returned from travel must stay at home for up to 14 consecutive days. Avoid unpleasant surprises and delays by making sure you check for restrictions at your destination and any other stops along the route.

Remember that restrictions are subject to change quickly depending on the local circumstances. Keep in mind also the COVID-19. Each country has its unique situation. Keep checking back as you get closer to your trip for more updates.

Travel and testing

For vaccinated people

You have to be fully vaccinated. CDC You don’t need to be tested before, during, or after your visit within the U.S.

You can travel internationally if you have a visa. The CDC states that you do not need to have your passport checked before traveling unless required by the destination. You must have a negative test done within three days of your arrival to the United States or prove that you recovered from COVID-19 during the past three months.

You should plan to have your test three to five days following your trip. When you return from your trip, you don’t have to be quarantined. However, you should still check for symptoms and remain at home if they develop.

For unvaccinated people

It is possible to test before and after traveling to reduce the chance of spreading. COVID-19. If you are not vaccinated, CDC Recommends that you have a viral test done at least three days before your trip. Suppose you are waiting for your test results, delayed travel. When you travel, keep a copy of your test results.

Three to five days later, repeat the test. Even if you test negative, reduce nonessential activities for seven days. If you don’t get tested, reduce nonessential activities for 10 days.

Stay home if you are positive at any time. If you have symptoms, isolate yourself immediately and follow the public health guidelines.

Travel safe

Even if you have been fully vaccinated, you must use a mask to cover your face on public transport in the United States. The mask should fit snugly around your nose and mouth.

If you don’t have the COVID-19, These steps will help you and your family stay safe when you travel.

  • As much as you can, maintain a distance of at least 6 feet (2 meters) from others.
  • Avoid any contact with someone who is sick.
  • Avoid contact with surfaces that are frequently touched, such as elevator buttons, handrails, and kiosks. Use hand sanitizer if you have to touch these surfaces.
  • Use a mask when you are in public places indoors or outdoors. COVID-19 Transmission occurs at large events or crowds. Additional mask guidance will differ depending on whether you have been fully vaccinated.
  • Do not touch your nose, eyes, or mouth.
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes.
  • You should wash your hands frequently. This is especially important after you go to the toilet, after eating, coughing, sneezing, or blowing your nose.
    • Use soap and water to wash your hands for at least 20 seconds.
    • Hand sanitizers that contain at least 60% alcohol can be used if soap and water are not available. You can cover all surfaces with your hands and rub them together until your hands feel dry.
  • Avoid eating and drinking on public transport. This will allow you to keep your mask on throughout the day.

Air travel

Most viruses are not easily spread on planes because of the way air is circulated and filters on them. But, it can be difficult to socially disengage from others on crowded flights. Air travel can also involve spending time at security lines or airport terminals, making it difficult to get in touch with others.

Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has increased the cleaning and disinfection of surfaces and equipment at screening checkpoints. TSA The screening process has been modified as well.

  • During the screening, travelers must wear masks. But, TSA For identification purposes, employees might ask for travelers to adjust their masks.
  • Instead of giving boarding passes, hand them to TSA Officers, and travelers should place their passes (electronic or paper) on the scanner, then they can be inspected.
  • Each traveler may carry one container of hand sanitizer, up to 12 ounces (about 353 milliliters), in a bag. These containers must be removed for screening.
  • Carry-on bags should be used for personal items like keys, wallets, and phones. This will reduce the number of items that are handled during screening.
  • For screening, food items should be packed in plastic bags and placed in a bin. It is less likely that inspectors will have to open carry-on bags.

Before and after the screening, wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water.

Car travel

You might not like flying. Driving is a better option for you. It’s important to plan for any stop you make.

Here are some things you should consider before you drive if you have not been vaccinated.

  • Make as many stops as possible and if you feel tired, stop driving.
  • Make sure you have enough wipes, hand sanitizer, and face masks to use on your trip.
  • You will need to bring water and food with you on your trip. You can also pack nonperishable food items if you are unable to find a restaurant or grocery store.
  • Use a disinfectant wipe to clean buttons and handles before you touch them. Use hand sanitizer after you have finished fueling. After you reach your destination, wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • You can pick up your meal at a drive-thru restaurant or curbside delivery if you prefer to eat on the road.

Other ground transportation

Unvaccinated passengers who travel by train or bus may be at greater risk of contracting or spreading the disease if they sit or stand within 6 feet (2 m) of others. COVID-19. To protect yourself while traveling, follow the steps outlined.

Even if your flight is direct, you might need transportation to get you to your destination. On the internet, you can find information about car rental options as well as their disinfection policies. Check into the availability of shuttle services if you are planning to stay in a hotel.

You should maintain social distance if you plan to use public transport. Wear a mask and wash your hands after reaching your destination. You should not sit next to the driver if you are using a ride-hailing service.

Hotels and other lodgings

The hotel industry understands that travelers are concerned about the safety and the coronavirus. For more information on how the chain protects guests and staff, visit their website. These are some of the best practices:

  • More thorough cleaning methods
  • Social distancing measures
  • Masking of guests and staff
  • Contactless payment
  • Protocol for guests who become ill. This includes closing the room and disinfecting.

Cleaning is also a priority for vacation rentals. They adhere to public health guidelines such as wearing gloves and masks when cleaning and allowing guests to wait for their turn.

If you haven’t been vaccinated when you arrive in your rental or room, you should disinfect any high-touch surfaces such as doors, light switches, and countertops. Before using, wash plates, glasses, and silverware, except for prewrapped plastic.

Make a packing checklist.

Pack your essential travel supplies and any medications you might need for your trip when packing.

  • Face masks
  • Tissues
  • Hand sanitizer made from alcohol (at least 60% alcohol).
  • For surfaces, disinfectant wipes (at minimum 70% alcohol)
  • Thermometer

Considerations for those at higher risk

The virus can make anyone very sick. COVID-19, However, older adults and those with certain medical conditions are more at risk of severe illness.

Cancer, chronic kidney disease, and chronic obstructive lung disease are all risk factors.

Traveling increases your chances of spreading and getting to know others. COVID-19. If you aren’t vaccinated, staying home is the best way for yourself and your family to be safe. COVID-19. Talk to your doctor if you have to travel, and ask about any extra precautions.

Safety first

When illness strikes, even the best-laid plans might need to be abandoned. If you or your travel companions are ill, stay home.

  • Do you think or are you sick? COVID-19 Even if you don’t have symptoms,
  • Waiting for the results of a COVID-19 Viral test
  • You have been diagnosed with COVID-19. Even if you don’t have symptoms,
  • You have been around someone who has been diagnosed or suspected of having it. COVID-19 Even if the person did not have symptoms, they had been experiencing symptoms for 14 days.

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