COVID-19: Safe Travel Guidance

The Louisiana Department of Health (LDH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend delaying all travel until persons are up to date with their COVID-19 vaccines. While vaccination efforts are underway, safe travel is of utmost importance particularly 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 CDC public health recommendations.
  • Masks are required for travelers 2 years of age or older and should be worn over the nose and mouth in indoor areas of public transportation (including airplanes) and indoors in US transportation hubs (including airports).
  • Non-US citizens need to show proof of vaccination before travel by air to the United States.
  • All travelers boarding a flight to the United States are required to show a negative viral COVID-19 test taken no more than 1 day before travel or proof of recovery within the last 90 days.
  • Do not travel if you are sick, tested positive for COVID-19 and haven’t ended isolation, had close contact with a person with COVID-19 and haven’t ended quarantine, or are waiting for the results of a COVID-19 test.
  • If you test positive for COVID-19, do not travel for a full 10 days after your symptoms started or the date of your positive test was taken if you had no symptoms.
  • All travelers should self-monitor for symptoms of COVID-19; isolate and get tested if you develop symptoms.
  • Remember to social distance where possible, and frequently wash hands with soap and water or use hand sanitizer (with at least 60% alcohol).



Up to date means that you have received either the two-dose series (Pfizer and Moderna) or the single-dose (Johnson & Johnson), and have received booster shots according to the recommended schedule. This guidance applies to anyone that does not meet this up to date criteria.

  • Delay travel until you are up to date with your COVID-19 vaccines because getting vaccinated is still the best way to protect yourself from severe disease and slow the spread of COVID-19.
  • If you had close contact with a person with COVID-19, do not travel until you have no symptoms and have received a negative test result on day 5 (or later) after your exposure.
  • If you must travel, get tested before you travel with a viral test as close as possible to departure date (no more than 3 days before travel).
  • After travel, self-quarantine for a full 5 days and get viral tested 3-5 days after returning from travel.



COVID-19 Safe Travel Guidance (pdf version)

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