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COVID-19 (coronavirus) Travel Advice

Considering travel during the pandemic? Take precautions to protect yourself from COVID-19.

Wide-spread vaccination holds promise for ending the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, but it won’t happen overnight.

In the meantime, continue taking precautions to protect yourself and others if you must travel. If you’re fully vaccinated, you’re less likely to get and spread COVID-19, but international travel can still increase your risk of getting new COVID-19 variants. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that you should avoid travel until you’ve been fully vaccinated when possible.

Before you travel

As you think about making travel plans, consider these questions:

1. Have you been vaccinated against COVID-19?

 When possible, get vaccinated. If the vaccine requires two doses, wait 2 weeks after getting your second vaccine dose to travel. It takes time for your body to build protection after any vaccination. Once you’re fully vaccinated, you’re less likely to spread COVID-19, and you can travel safely 

2. Are you at increased risk for severe illness?

Anyone can get COVID-19, but older adults and people of any age with certain medical conditions are at increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19.

3. Do you live with someone who's at increased risk for severe illness?

If you get infected while traveling, you can spread the virus to the people you live with when you return, even if you don’t have symptoms.

4. Does your home or destination have requirements or restrictions for travelers?

Even if you’ve been fully vaccinated, you must follow local, state and federal testing and travel rules.

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