Travel during a pandemic

Travel can increase your chance of getting and spreading CoViD-19. Postponing travel and staying home is the best way to protect yourself and others from CoViD-19 during the holidays.

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These questions can help you decide what is best for you and your family.

  1. Are you, someone in your household, or someone you will be visiting at increased risk for getting very sick from COVID-19? (If you get infected you can spread the virus to loved ones when you return, even if you don’t have symptoms. If your household includes one or more individuals at increased risk for severe illness, all family members should act as if they, themselves are at increased risk.)
  2. Are cases high or increasing in your community or your destination? The more cases in your community of origin or at your destination, the more likely you are to get and spread COVID-19 as a result of your door-to-door travel.
  3. Are hospitals in your community or your destination overwhelmed with CoViD-19 patients?
  4. Does your home or destination have requirements or restrictions for travelers?
  5. During the 14 days before your planned travel, have you or those you plan to visit had close contact with people they don’t live with? The following activities put you at higher risk for catching or spreading CoViD-19:
    – Going to a large social gathering like a wedding, funeral, or party.
    – Attending a mass gathering like a sporting event, concert, or parade.
    – Being in crowds like in restaurants, bars, fitness centers, or movie theaters.
    – Being on trains, buses, in airports, or using public transportation.
    – Traveling on a cruise ship or river boat.
  6. Do your plans include traveling by bus, train, or air which might make staying SIX feet apart difficult?
  7. Are you traveling with people who don’t live with you?

If the answer to any of these questions is “yes,” you should consider making other plans, such as delaying your travel

If you have a known exposure to CoViD-19 you should delay travel, quarantine yourself from other people, get tested, and monitor your health.
Don’t travel if you or your travel companion are sick or test positive for CoViD-19.