Traveling During Covid Pandemic

If you, or someone you are planning to travel, develops symptoms or comes into contact with someone with COVID-19, cancel the trip and stay home. Postpone travel and stay home to protect yourself and others from COVID-19, even if you are vaccinated. In the meantime, continue to take precautions to protect yourself and others if you need to travel, even if you've been vaccinated against COVID-19. If you develop signs and symptoms of COVID-19 during quarantine, isolate yourself (even away from other members of your travel group), contact your healthcare provider and ask for a test.

Travel Requirements All air passengers arriving in the United States, including US citizens, must have a negative COVID-19 test or COVID-19 recovery documentation before boarding a flight to the United States. All air passengers two years of age or older traveling to the United States must be tested for COVID-19 no later than three days before departure. Passengers must complete a virus test within three days of their flight to the United States and provide laboratory documentation or documentation they have cured of Covid-19. Those who have symptoms of coronavirus, or those who have been in contact in the previous two weeks with a confirmed case, or who have traveled to a country with confirmed cases, can be isolated for up to 14 days.

For information on entry regulations for COVID-19 countries, including testing and quarantine, please visit the embassy website. Remind travelers to follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines and local and state warnings about COVID-19. Currently, the CDC recommends restricting unnecessary international travel to help stop the spread of COVID-19. If you are not fully vaccinated, you should avoid small trips around the world.

If you need to travel, talk to your doctor and ask about additional precautions you may need. It's okay if you want or need to travel, but you have to be smart and plan ahead to protect yourself and the people you love. However, if someone decides to take a trip, there are ways to make it safer. 

If you need to travel by air, the CDC and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) strongly recommend that passengers wear masks. And since none of you can stand five feet away, there is no harm in wearing a mask in the car, especially if you are traveling with people who are at high risk of contracting COVID-19. Dr. Khabbaza also recommends wearing a mask in the car, especially when you are traveling with people outside of your surroundings. And, like traffic, your safety in a hotel room or vacation rental ultimately boils down to wearing a mask in public, washing your hands regularly, disinfecting high-touch surfaces when you arrive, and not traveling. If you are sick. 

Even if you are fully vaccinated, you must comply with local, state, and federal travel and testing guidelines. Some states and local and territorial governments have requirements such as requiring people to wear masks and requiring newcomers to stay at home for up to 14 days. Rules may vary depending on location and mode of transport.

For example, in France and Italy, you will need to show proof of vaccination or test negative for COVID-19 when boarding a domestic flight or long-distance train. The CDC currently recommends that people who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 continue to follow travel-related tests and quarantine guidelines and requirements, as outlined above. But vaccination is the most important measure to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission and prevent serious illness, hospitalization and death. Widespread vaccination promises to end the 2019 coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, but it won't happen overnight.

In light of these facts and circumstances, I have determined that it is in the best interests of the United States to remove the country/regional restrictions that previously applied during the COVID-19 pandemic and adopt an air travel policy that mainly relies on vaccination to help restore safety. International air travel to the United States . With the relaxation of global restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the restoration of air travel, this policy complies with the measures required by Executive Order No. 13998 of January 21, 2021 (Promoting COVID-19 Domestic and International Travel Safety). The safe passengers of air travel, government personnel responsible for air travel safety, and millions of employees in the U.S. air transportation industry, their families and communities, while allowing the country and the global economy to continue to recover from the crisis of the COVID-19 pandemic.