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Steps to Take if You Plan to Travel this Fall

Before you travel to another destination, consider the following:

  • Is COVID-19 spreading at your destination? The more cases at your destination, the more likely you are to get infected during travel and spread the virus to others when you return. Check the county’s/state’s health department for cases in the last seven days.
  • Do you live with someone who might be at increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19? If you get infected while traveling, you can spread the virus to loved ones when you return, even if you don’t have symptoms.
  • Are you at increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19? Anyone can get very ill from the virus that causes COVID-19, but older adults and people of any age with certain underlying medical conditions are at increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19.
  • Does your destination have requirements or restrictions for travelers? Some state, local and territorial governments have requirements, such as wearing masks or face coverings, and making those who recently traveled quarantine at home for up to 14 days. Check public health websites for information before you travel. If you are traveling internationally, check the destination’s Office of Foreign Affairs or Ministry of Health or the US Department of State, Bureau of Consular Affairs, or Country Information for details about entry requirements and restrictions for arriving travelers, such as mandatory testing or quarantine.
  • During your trip, take these steps to protect yourself and others:
    • Wear a mask to keep your nose and mouth covered in public.
    • Avoid close contact by staying at least six feet apart from anyone not from your household.
    • Wash your hands often; use hand sanitizer (at least 60% alcohol).
    • Avoid contact with anyone who is sick.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.