COVID-19: Travel Advisories

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CDC: COVID-19 Travel Recommendations by Country

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and World Health Organization (WHO) have been working in close collaboration to keep travelers and health care providers informed about travel restrictions regarding the COVID-19 pandemic. The CDC is also working closely with the Department of State to provide updated travel advisories. Please note, that this site only addresses travel restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic. For other travel-related restrictions, please visit the CDC website (linked below). This page is dedicated to providing the latest updates regarding those advisories as provided by the leading governmental agencies. According to information posted on the CDC, foreign nationals who have visited Iran, China, European Schengean area, United Kingdom, Brazil or the Republic of Ireland will not be allowed re-entry. The CDC notes that citizens, lawful permanent US residents and some individuals who meet certain exceptions will be allowed to return from the above countries, but they must undergo a 14-day quarantine period.

The CDC has updated their COVID Risk Assessment Levels in reference to the above map:

The CDC strongly discourages non-essential travel. For those who travel, masks are considered essential for all forms of public transportation. Travelers must also utilize basic protective precautions, including careful handwashing. Handwashing should be performed for at least 20 seconds. Hand sanitizer containing at least 60% alcohol is an acceptable substitute if soap and water are not available. Travelers should avoid contact with sick individuals and avoid traveling if ill. Travelers should also avoid touching the eyes, nose, and face with unwashed hands. Individuals at higher risk of contracting COVID-19, such as the elderly and those with pre-existing conditions should discuss any travel related plans with their health care provider before proceeding. The WHO has made an educational video that can be shared with individuals to provide education regarding prevention of COVID-19 transmission.

The CDC notes that the risk of contracting COVID-19 is increased secondary to traveling. The CDC encourages individuals returning from travel to practice enhanced precautions for 14-days after returning home. This includes basic hand-washing, wearing a mask around anyone that was not traveling with the individual, and staying 6-feet away from anyone that was not traveling with the individual. If an individual had a known/possible exposure to COVID-19 or develops symptoms, they should quarantine for 14-days. While the CDC does not have specific guidelines for quarantining when returning from travel if not exposed to COVID, they do not that state-specific guidelines may exist in certain areas and should be followed. These can be found HERE

Specific Travel Restrictions Regarding Cruise Ships:

On April 9, 2020, the CDC Announced modifications and extensions of the existing no sail orders for all cruise ships, which can be found HERE. This has most recently been extended through October 31, 2020.  Click HERE for details. 

Julie Grishaw, ACNP

Senior Editor, McGraw-Hill Education