COVID-19: Safe Travel Guidance
Safe travel is important because travel itself (especially the use of shared spaces in planes, buses, railways or boats) can increase a person's chance of spreading and/or becoming ill with COVID-19.
- All travelers should follow CDC Travel Guidance for Domestic Travel and International Travel, as well as follow state and local guidance and COVID-19 prevention actions.
- Delay travel until you are up to date with your COVID-19 vaccines.
- Travelers may also consider getting a viral test no more than 3 days before travel. Travelers should be aware of their results prior to travel and isolate if the test result is positive.
- Do not travel if you are sick with or have tested positive for COVID-19 and are recommended to isolate. Avoid others and follow CDC isolation guidance. Regardless of when you end isolation, wear a mask indoors around others through day 10; you may remove your mask sooner after ending isolation with two consecutive, negative antigen tests taken 48 hours apart.
- If you have ended isolation but still need to continue wearing a mask per CDC’s guidance, do not travel on public transportation such as airplanes, buses, and trains if you will not be able to wear a high-quality mask indoors for the full duration of your trip. If you travel, wear a high-quality mask or respirator the entire time you are around others indoors. Traveling by private vehicle (if possible) can lower the chances of spreading COVID-19 to others.
- If you were exposed to COVID-19, follow CDC guidance and immediately begin wearing a high-quality mask around others indoors for 10 days. Do not travel if you cannot properly mask indoors or on public transportation. Exposed individuals should also monitor for COVID-19 signs and symptoms and should get tested at least 5 days after last exposure.
- Mask mandates are no longer being enforced on public transportation conveyances or at transportation hubs; however, masking in indoor public transportation settings is still recommended for people aged 2 years and older. Masks and respirators are effective at reducing transmission of COVID-19. To protect yourself and others, wear a high-quality mask over the nose and mouth on public transportation conveyances such as airplanes, trains, buses, ferries and at transportation hubs such as airports, stations, and seaports.
- Keeping hands clean, wearing masks, and increasing space and distance are great COVID-19 prevention actions that can help protect yourself and others while traveling.
- Visit the CDC Community Level tool to view local COVID-19 transmission and recommendations for domestic locations.
- Visit the CDC Travel Recommendations tool to view local COVID-19 levels and health notices for international locations.
- For important alerts involving any country or disease visit CDC Travel Health Notices.