Traveling internationally is full of hassle. The travel advisory and restriction on each country because of COVID-19 makes it harder to go to your international destinations. So maybe domestic travel is the way to go this pandemic?

It’s important to remind all travelers to follow all travel advisories and requirements, including mask-wearing and proper social distancing at all stages of your trip. 

It’s recommended that for domestic travel, you still need to get tested, and if possible, fully vaccinated. 

Most domestic destinations are open with easy entry for fully vaccinated travelers. But for unvaccinated travelers, you might need to get tested before you hit the road. 

Domestic Travel Tips for Fully Vaccinated People

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People are considered fully vaccinated when they are:

  1. 2 weeks after their second dose in a 2-dose series
  2. 2 weeks after a single-dose vaccine

If you do not meet these requirements, then you are NOT fully vaccinated. Keep taking all the necessary precautions until you are fully vaccinated.

If you are fully vaccinated, here are domestic travel tips for you:

During Travel 

Always wear a mask over your nose and mouth. It’s required on planes, buses, trains, and other forms of public transportation. 

Travelers are not required to wear a mask in outdoor areas like on open deck areas of a ferry or the uncovered top deck of a bus. 

Make sure to follow the travel advisory and all state and localmandates and requirements, including mask-wearing and proper social distancing.

When in areas with high numbers of COVID-19 cases, wearing a mask in congested outdoor settings and high foot traffic is highly recommended. If possible, try to avoid activities with close contact with others who are not fully vaccinated. If avoiding is not possible, make sure to wear a mask and exercise normal precautions. 

After Travel 

Monitor yourself for possible COVID-19 symptoms. If you develop symptoms, isolate yourself and contact local health providers to get tested for COVID-19.

You do not need to get tested if you are not showing any symptoms for COVID-19. You do not need to self-quarantine if you are fully vaccinated or have recovered from COVID-19 in the past 3 months. 

However, you should still follow all other travel advisories, recommendations, and requirements, if needed.

Domestic Travel Tips for Unvaccinated People

If you are unvaccinated and must travel, make sure to follow these domestic travel tips to protect yourself and others from COVID-19:

Before you travel

For unvaccinated travelers, get a COVID-19 rapid test or a PCR test near you before your trip.

I just want to travel. I don’t know where to get tested. Where do I go to get a COVID-19 rapid test or a PCR test near me?

We recommend using Google’s local search tool to help you. You can also go here to find a COVID-19 rapid test or a PCR test near me. Contacting your local health authorities is also advised to find COVID-19 testing locations near you. 

During travel

Always wear a mask over your nose and mouth. It’s required on planes, buses, trains, and other forms of public transportation. 

Travelers are not required to wear a mask in outdoor areas like on open deck areas of a ferry or the uncovered top deck of a bus. 

Make sure to follow the travel advisory and all state and localmandates and requirements, including mask-wearing and proper social distancing.

Avoid crowds and stay at least 6 feet away from anyone who is not traveling with you.

Wash your hands as often as you can or use a hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol content.

After you travel

Go get tested with a COVID-19 rapid test or a PCR test near you after 3-5 days of arriving from your domestic travel and stay home and make sure to strictly self-quarantine for a full 7 days after your domestic travel. 

Even if your COVID-19 rapid test or PCR test result is negative, stay home and self-quarantine for the full 7 days as a safety precaution.

If your test is positive, IMMEDIATELY isolate yourself to prevent the spread of the virus and to protect others from getting infected.

If you choose not to go get tested, strictly stay home and properly self-quarantine for a minimum of 10 days after travel.

Monitor yourself for any COVID-19 symptoms. Immediately isolate yourself and contact your local health provider to get tested if you start to develop symptoms for COVID-19.

When Not to Travel

It is highly recommended to avoid or delay travel until you are fully vaccinated because domestic travel increases your chance of catching and spreading COVID-19. 

It is recommended that people who have COVID-19, have recently tested positive for COVID-19, or have been exposed to COVID-19 with an infected person should not travel because they pose a very high risk to others during domestic travel.

When to Reschedule or Postpone Your Domestic Travel

Talk to your healthcare provider before you travel if you are unsure whether any of these situations apply to you or your travel companions. 

Have you or your travel companions been exposed to COVID-19 in the past 14 days?

If you are unvaccinated or not fully vaccinated, do NOT travel. Immediately self-quarantine.

If you are fully vaccinated, you don’t have to self-quarantine after exposure to COVID-19 and you can travel UNLESS you are starting to show symptoms or already have symptoms. Monitor yourself for any signs and symptoms for COVID-19.

Are you or your travel companions waiting for a COVID-19 rapid test or PCR test result?

Do NOT travel until your test results are back. 

If you travel before you get your results, and your test comes back positive while you’re in your domestic travel, you will need to isolate yourself from your travel companions and postpone your trip home until it’s safe for you to do so. Your travel companions will also need to quarantine and postpone their travel back home. 

Should you and your travel companions travel before it’s safe, state authorities and local health authorities can restrict your travel and you will face consequences for any violations.