Travel Recommendations In The Time Of COVID-19

The latest CDC recommendations are to delay travel until you get your full vaccine, as travelling puts you at risk of getting COVID-19 and spreading it to others. If you must travel but you aren’t fully vaccinated just yet, ensure you observe CDC’s travel recommendations for unvaccinated individuals.

CDC keeps updating these recommendations on ongoing basis, as more people get fully vaccinated, rates of COVID-19 vary, and additional scientific papers become available.

Domestic Travel Recommendations for Fully Vaccinated People

People who are fully vaccinated can safely travel within the US, provided that they had an FDA-authorised vaccine or a WHO-authorised for emergency use one.

Here’s what you need to do when fully vaccinated and travelling:

During Your Travel

Always wear a mark and ensure it covers both your nose and your mouth. Masks are mandatory on planes, trains and buses, as well as in all transportation hubs across the United States. This includes airports, bus stations, train stations, etc.

Avoid crowded areas and try to stay at minimum 6 feet (2 metres) distance from other people, unless you travel together.

Wash your hands frequently and use hand sanitiser with at least 60% alcohol whenever you can’t wash your hands.

After Your Travel

Pay close attention to your bodily processes, seeking for COVID-19 symptoms. Should you develop such symptoms, isolate yourself immediately and get tested.

Find out what local recommendations are and follow them closely.

There’s no need for you to self-quarantine or to get testes of you are fully vaccinated or you’ve had COVID-19 in the past three months. Nevertheless, you still need to follow all other travel recommendations.

Domestic Travel Recommendations for Unvaccinated People

If you aren’t fully vaccinated but you must travel, make sure you follow the steps below to protect yourself and others from getting the virus:

Before Your Travel:

Take a viral test 1-3 days prior to your travel day.

While Travelling:

Always wear a mask that covers your nose and your mouth. Wearing masks is mandatory on planes, buses, trains and other public transportation vehicles within the United States. Masks are also required in airports and bus or train stations.

Stay away from crowds and make sure you maintain a 6 feet (2 metres) distance between you and the other travellers. The only exception are people you are travelling with.

Wash your hands frequently and use hand sanitiser with at least 60% alcohol whenever you can’t wash your hands.

After Your Travel:

Take a viral test within 3-5 days after your arrival AND self-quarantine for one full week after travel.

Even if your test comes negative, stick to the 7 days self-quarantine rule.

If your test comes positive, isolate yourself to protect people round you from getting the virus.

If you don’t get tested, isolate yourself at home for ten days after arriving at your destination.

Regardless of whether you get tested or not, stay away from people who are at risk of developing severe illness for two weeks.

Self-monitor and get tested if you develop any COVID-19 symptoms.

Follow all state and local recommendations.

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