Information on Travel

Travel increases your chance of getting and spreading COVID-19. Staying home is the best way to protect yourself and others. If you are planning to travel this upcoming holiday season, consider these safety tips prior to booking your travel or before hosting family and friends.*

Before You Travel

Consider the following:

  • The more cases at your destination, the more likely you are to get infected and spread the virus to others when you return. Check each state’s cases in the last week here.
  • Do you live with someone who is high risk? If you are infected while traveling, you may spread the virus to others when you return, even if you are symptom-free.
  • Some state, local, and territorial governments have requirements, such as mandatory masks and requiring those who recently traveled to self quarantine for up to 14 days. Check these public health websites for more information:

If You Travel

Take steps to protect yourself and others:

  • Wear face coverings to protect your nose and mouth when in public settings, including public transportation hubs, such as airports and stations. If you are high risk, consider wearing eye protection, such as a face shield or safety goggles.
  • Stay 6 feet apart from anyone who’s not in your household.
  • Wash your hands often, and use hand sanitizer with at least a 60% alcohol content.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Avoid contact with anyone who’s sick.
  • Click here for considerations for types of travel.

After You Travel

You may have been exposed to COVID-19 during your travels. You might be contagious without symptoms. You and your travel companions pose a risk to your community for 14 days after exposure to the virus.

Take these everyday actions regardless of where you traveled to protect others:

  • Remain 6 feet from anyone who did not travel with you.
  • Wear a mask to cover your nose and mouth while in shared public spaces outside of your home (indoors and outdoors).
  • Wear a mask at home for 14 days if you live with people who didn’t travel with you.
  • Wash your hands often, and use hand sanitizer with at least a 60% alcohol content.
  • Look out for symptoms of COVID-19, and take your temperature if you feel sick.
  • Get tested if you are displaying symptoms.

*Information taken from the CDC’s travel guidelines