COVID-19: Travel Advisories

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CDC: COVID-19 Travel Recommendations

Domestic Travel

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommend delaying travel until fully vaccinated.  The CDC indicates that those who are fully vaccinated can safely travel within the United States.  Unvaccinated individuals who must travel are encouraged to follow the CDC guidelines for domestic travel, which include testing before and after travel.

For those traveling domestically that have been fully vaccinated, the CDC does not recommend that these individuals undergo pre- or post-travel COVID-testing or self-quarantine.  

The CDC notes that masks continue to be required on most indoor forms of public transportation.  They also note to follow all local and state ordinances.  Following travel, the CDC continues to recommend that individuals monitor themselves for signs and symptoms of COVID-19.  If these develop, individuals should self-isolate.  For full CDC recommendations regarding domestic travel during COVID-19, please visit HERE

International Travel

The CDC has provided a very detailed map with travel recommendations by destination.  This table is included above and specific information about each country can be found HERE.

The CDC guidelines for international travel vary from those for domestic travel, so it is important for individuals to properly educate themselves in advance of departure. The CDC recommends that individuals defer traveling until fully vaccinated.  Travelers should ensure that they understand the quarantine and testing requirements in their destination prior to departure, as they may differ from United States requirements.

As with domestic travel, the CDC notes that masks continue to be required on most indoor forms of public transportation for international travel.  They also note to follow all ordinances for international travel.

All travelers arriving to the United States by air must have a negative COVID-19 test no more than 3 days before travel or documentation of recovery from COVID-19 in the past 3 months before they board a flight to the United States.  They must have a viral test within 3-5 days after arrival.  Travelers must continue to monitor for COVID-19 symptoms, isolating if they develop.  Please visit this page  for additional CDC recommendations on international travel during COVID-19.

Julie Grishaw, ACNP

Senior Editor, McGraw-Hill Education