Is it safe to travel yet?

It’s spring and summer is approaching. Many of us enjoy traveling and planning summer vacations. While this year is different from last – we know more about COVID-19, how to protect ourselves and the vaccine is becoming more available – it’s important to remember that traveling still increases your chance of getting and spreading COVID-19.

The Centers for Disease Control continues to recommend delaying travel and staying home to protect yourself and others from COVID-19, even if you are vaccinated. If you must travel, take these steps:

  • If you are eligible, get fully vaccinated for COVID-19. Wait two weeks after getting your second Pfizer or Moderna vaccine dose or first Johnson & Johnson dose. It takes time for your body to build protection after any vaccination.
  • Get tested one to three days before your travel. Keep your test results with you and do not travel if you have a positive COVID-19 test.
  • Check travel restrictions before you go. Follow all state and local recommendations or requirements before and after travel.
  • Wear a mask over your nose and mouth in public settings. Masks are required on planes and other forms of public transportation.
  • Avoid crowds and stay at least six feet away from anyone who did not travel with you.
  • Wash your hands often or use hand sanitizer.
  • Bring extra masks and hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid contact with anyone who is sick
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Get tested three to five days after your trip and stay home and self-quarantine for a full seven days after travel, even if your test is negative. If you don’t get tested, stay home and self-quarantine for 10 days after travel.
  • Do not travel if you were exposed to COVID-19, you are sick or you tested positive for COVID-19.

Check the CDC Travel Planner before your trip to learn more about any COVID-19 restrictions and guidance at your destination if you are unable to delay travel. 

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