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Staying Safe from COVID-19 While Traveling

Travel guidelines continue to evolve as new variants emerge. Monitor CDPH and CDC travel guidelines frequently for changes. The CDC recommends that anyone who is hasn't completed a primary vaccination series wait until they have done so before making plans.  

Do NOT travel if you are sick. You could spread COVID-19 or another infection.

If you have COVID-19 symptoms, get tested and wait for a negative test result before you begin your trip. Even if you test negative for COVID-19, you should not travel if you’re feeling ill as you may spread another infection. All travelers who test positive or develop symptoms of COVID-19 should isolate and follow public health recommendations.
 

Domestic Travel

If you must travel, follow these recommendations to protect yourself and others:

  • If you are eligible, stay up to date by either completing a primary COVID-19 vaccination series or get a booster shot*.
  • Before domestic travel, get tested with a viral test 1–3 days before your trip.
  • Wear a mask over your nose and mouth when in public, especially in indoor settings like transportation hubs. 
  • Avoid crowds and stay at least 6 feet/2 meters (about 2 arm lengths) from anyone who did not travel with you.
  • Self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms.
  • When flying, take precautions to stay safe: Wear a mask for the duration of the flight and consider disinfecting your tray table or arm rests.
  • Upon return: All travelers arriving in or returning to California should get tested 3-5 days after arrival.
  • Upon return: If you aren't up to date on your vaccinations, quarantine for 7 days if you've taken a COVID-19 test. Quarantine for 10 days if you haven't taken a test

    *You are eligible for a booster if you are aged 5+ and it's been 5+ months after second Pfizer or Moderna dose, or you are aged 18 and it's been 2+ months since your single Johnson & Johnson dose. Visit our Boosters and Third Doses page to learn more. 

International Travel

If you must travel, follow these recommendations to protect yourself and others:

  • If you are eligible, stay up to date by either completing a primary COVID-19 vaccination series or get a booster shot*.
  • Get tested with a viral test within a day of your trip. 
  • Wear a mask over your nose and mouth when in public, especially in indoor settings like transportation hubs. 
  • Avoid crowds and stay at least 6 feet/2 meters (about 2 arm lengths) from anyone who did not travel with you.
  • Self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms.
  • When flying, take precautions to stay safe: Wear a mask for the duration of the flight and consider disinfecting your tray table or arm rests.
  • Upon return: All travelers arriving in or returning to California should get tested 3-5 days after arrival.
  • Upon return: If you aren't up to date on your vaccinations, quarantine for 7 days if you've taken a COVID-19 test. Quarantine for 10 days if you haven't taken a test

*You are eligible for a booster if you are aged 5+ and it's been 5+ months after second Pfizer or Moderna dose, or you are aged 18 and it's been 2+ months since your single Johnson & Johnson dose. Visit our Boosters and Third Doses page to learn more. 

It is imperative when you travel abroad, that you also:

If you must travel, plan ahead

Here are some simple steps to follow before departing: 

  • Assess your risk by visiting the CDC COVID-19 Travel recommendations by destinations page.
  • If you have completed a primary vaccination series or are up to date, make a digital copy of your vaccination card (such as taking a photo of your card) or download your digital vaccination record. We recommend you verify the information on your digital vaccination record. matches your physical vaccination card. Any error correction requires an average of 2 to 3 weeks to process, so we advise you do this as soon as possible. 
  • Protect your vaccination card by guarding it in a plastic sleeve (lamination is not recommended to allow booster(s) to be recorded on your card). 
  • Follow mask mandates, social distancing requirements, and any other COVID-19 related mandates of your destination. 
  • Know who to contact if you develop symptoms of COVID-19 while traveling.
  • Wear a mask while using public transit, and while waiting for public transit (planes, buses, trains etc.).
  • Self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms during your trip and upon your return.

 

Questions to ask before you begin your trip:

Is COVID-19 spreading where you are traveling?
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.
For cases in the last 7 days by state, click the link to see the CDC's COVID-19 data tracker webpage. 
To see COVID risk status by country, see COVID-19 Travel Recommendations by Destination | CDC

Are you, your travel companions, or those you are visiting at higher risk for serious illness?
Older adults and people with underlying medical conditions are more likely to get really sick if they get COVID-19. The virus can be spread among people who are not feeling any symptoms.

Can you watch for symptoms and get tested?
In the event that you must travel, it’s important to monitor yourself for symptoms for 10 days after your return and get tested if you have any symptoms. Even if you don’t develop symptoms, get tested 3 to 5 days after your return, particularly if returning from an area with more COVID-19 transmission than we have in the Bay Area, or if you engaged in activities that put you at risk for getting COVID-19. If you participate in any activity where you might have been exposed to COVID-19, including travel, reduce your contact with other people as much as possible for 10 days, keep your distance from others, and make extra sure that you always wear a face covering anytime you’re outside your household.

What if you've lost your vaccination card and need proof of vaccination for travel?
California Department of Public Health has announced the launch of a new Digital COVID-19 Vaccine Record for Californians, intended to allow Californians who received a COVID-19 vaccination to receive a digital copy of their records. You may submit your request as follows: 

 

Additional resources are available on our Travel FAQs, CDPH Travel Advisory page, and CDC travel page.

 

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