As vaccines continue to roll out and we approach the summer months, everyone’s mind is wandering toward dreams of travel and sorely missed vacations. But is it safe to travel yet? What are the different restrictions for domestic travel vs international travel? With guidelines constantly changing and new information becoming available for vaccinated individuals, we have compiled a list of travel safety tips to help you get to your next vacation this summer.
Covid-19 travel safety tips and guidelines for 2021 summer travel
International travel is still riddled with hoops and hurdles as each country adopts different guidelines and many countries, such as Canada, continue to have their borders closed. If you are planning an international trip, it would be best to look into the guidelines for your specific destination. The CDC has a useful page for looking up guidelines by destination for those planning an international trip.
However, you do not need to go far for your next get away. Domestic travel restrictions for fully vaccinated individuals have lifted many of the hurdles that prevented easy travel in the past.
Domestic travel guidelines for fully-vaccinated individuals
Fully vaccinated individuals or those who have recovered from COVID-19 in the past 3 months can now travel domestically without getting tested or self-quarantining before or after travel unless required by their specific destination.
Fully vaccinated people should still follow the CDC’s general travel guidelines which include:
- Wearing a mask over your nose and mouth when in public.
- Avoiding crowds and staying at least 6 feet/2 meters (about 2 arm lengths) from anyone who is not traveling with you.
- Washing your hands often or using hand sanitizer (with at least 60% alcohol).
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Domestic travel guidelines for unvaccinated individuals
Unvaccinated individuals at this time are still required to follow all travel safety measures, including getting tested before and after traveling or self quarantining for 10 days.
Because traveling increases the risk of exposure to the virus, unvaccinated individuals are encouraged to avoid unnecessary travel. However, if you choose to travel domestically and are still unvaccinated, following these guidelines will help minimize your risk of exposure.
When traveling, unvaccinated people should:
- Get tested or self-quarantine before and after traveling
- Wear a mask that covers the nose and mouth. Masks are required on planes, buses, trains, and other forms of public transportation traveling into, within, or out of the United States and in areas of transportation such as airports and stations.
- Avoid crowds by staying 6 feet /2 meters apart
- Wash hands thoroughly and often or use hand sanitizer
Further planning resources
As much as we would love to be back to “normal” in time for summer vacations in 2021, the reality is we still must take proper precautions and follow all Covid-19 travel safety guidelines.
For additional planning resources the CDC offers many detailed guidelines such as their Travel Planner which allows you to look up any domestic travel destination. For travel safety recommendations such as best transportation methods and accommodations see the CDC’s Safer Travel Ideas.