May 11, 2021

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CDC recommends delaying travel until you are fully vaccinated, because travel increases your chance of getting and spreading COVID-19. If you are not fully vaccinated and must travel, follow CDC’s recommendations for unvaccinated people. Even if you are fully vaccinated, choose safer travel options to protect yourself, your loved ones, and others from COVID-19.

CDC will update these recommendations as more people are vaccinated, as rates of COVID-19 change, and as additional scientific evidence becomes available.

All travelers should take these everyday steps to prevent getting or spreading COVID-19 during their trip:

  • Wear a mask over your nose and mouth when in public. Masks are required on planes, buses, trains, and other forms of public transportation traveling into, within, or out of the United States and in U.S. transportation hubs such as airports and stations.
  • Avoid crowds and stay at least 6 feet/2 meters (about 2 arm lengths) from anyone who is not traveling with you.
  • Wash your hands often or use hand sanitizer (with at least 60% alcohol).

Safer Travel Options

Safer Transportation Options
  • Short road trips with members of your household or fully vaccinated people with few stops along the way
  • If you must fly, try to take flights with the fewest stops or layovers
Safer Options for Accommodations
  • Staying in a house or cabin (for example, a vacation rental) with people from your household or fully vaccinated people
  • Visiting a fully vaccinated family member’s or friend’s home
Safer Food Options
  • Bringing your own food and drinks
  • Getting takeout
  • Using drive-thru, delivery, and curbside pick-up options and wearing a mask when interacting with restaurant employees
Safer Camping Options
  • Camping with people who are fully vaccinated or from your household only and not sharing facilities with people outside of your household
You can also check CDC’s Travel Planner to get important information as you consider traveling to different cities, states, and national parks across the United States

International Travel During COVID-19

Fully vaccinated travelers are less likely to get and spread COVID-19. However, international travel poses additional risks and even fully vaccinated travelers are at increased risk for getting and possibly spreading new COVID-19 variants.

The COVID-19 situation, including the spread of new or concerning variants, differs from country to country, and even fully vaccinated travelers need to pay close attention to the situation at their destination before traveling.

If you are fully vaccinated with an FDA-authorized vaccine or a vaccine authorized for emergency use by the World Health Organization:

  • You should continue to follow CDC’s recommendations for traveling safely and get tested 3-5 days after travel.
  • You do NOT need to get tested before leaving United States unless your destination requires it.
  • You do NOT need to self-quarantine after arriving in the United States.

Read more about CDC’s International Travel Recommendations for Fully Vaccinated and Unvaccinated People.

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