Is It safe to Travel during COVID-19?

Travel increases your odds of getting and spreading COVID-19. Remaining home is the best way to safeguard yourself and others from COVID-19.

You can get COVID-19 during your trips. You may feel well and not have any indications, but you can still dissipate COVID-19 to others. You and your travel companions (including children) may spread COVID-19 to other people including your family, friends, and neighbourhood for 14 days after you were exposed to the virus.

For those who must travel or those who are itching to do so, airlines and airports are increasingly offering ways to get tested for the coronavirus forward of a trip. Taking a test can assure you and others that you aren’t spreading the virus from one location to another.

Don’t travel if you are sick or if you have been around somebody with COVID-19 in the past 14 days. Don’t travel with someone who is sick.

Wear Masks During Travel

We strongly suggest everyone wear a mask on public transportation.

This suggestion includes passengers and workers on aeroplanes, trains, ships, ferries, subways, taxis, and ride shares, and at transportation hubs such as airports and stations.

Quick Tweaks for safe COVID-19 travel:

1.Wear a mask to keep your nose and mouth covered when in public settings, encompassing public transportation and in transportation hubs such as airports and stations.

2.Avoid close contact by staying at least 6 feet apart (about 2 arms’ length) from anyone who is not from your family.

3.Wash your hands often or use hand sanitizer (with at least 60% alcohol).

4.Avoid contact with anyone who is sick.

5.Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.

Considerations for Types of Travel

Travel increases your chances of getting and spreading COVID-19. Your chances of getting COVID-19 while travelling also depend on whether you and those around you take steps to safeguard yourself and others, such as wearing masks and staying 6 feet away from people outside your household (social distancing). Airports, bus stations, train stations, and rest stops are all places travellers can be endangered to the virus in the air and on surfaces. These are also places where it can be hard to socialize. In general, the longer you are around a person with COVID-19, the more inclined you are to get infected.

Air travel

Air travel compels spending time in security lines and airport terminals, which can bring you in close connection with other people and frequently touched surfaces. Most viruses and other germs do not spread easily on flights because of how air circulates and is screened on aeroplanes. However, social distancing is difficult on crowded flights, and sitting within 6 feet of others, sometimes for hours, may increase your risk of getting COVID-19. Also consider how you get to and from the airport, as public transport and ridesharing can increase your chances of being exposed to the virus.

Bus or train travel

Travelling on buses and trains for any length of time can involve sitting or standing within 6 feet of others, which may increase your risk of getting COVID-19. If you choose to travel by bus or train, learn what you can do to safeguard yourself on public transportation.

Car travel

Making stops along the way for the gas, food, or bathroom halts can put you and your travelling companions in close contact with other people and frequently-touched surfaces.

Tips to avoid getting and spreading COVID-19 in common travel situations:

In public:

Wear a mask in public atmospheres, including on public transportation and in transportation hubs such as airports and stations.

Stay at least 6 feet (about 2 arms’ length) from anyone who is not from your household.

Bathrooms and rest stop:

Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds after using the bathroom and after you have been in a public location.

If soap and water are not available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.

Getting gas:

Use disinfecting wipes on handles and buttons at the gas pumps before you touch them (if available).

After fueling, use a hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. When you get to your destination, wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.

Food stops:

The safest option is to bring your own food. If you don’t bring your own food, use drive-through, delivery, take-out, and curbside pick-up options.

Anticipate Your Travel Needs

Bring a mask to wear in public places and on public transportation.

Pack hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Keep this within reach.

Bring enough of your medicine to last you for the entire trip.

Pack food and water in case restaurants and stores are closed, or if drive-through, take-out, and outdoor-dining options aren’t available.

Check Travel Restrictions

State, local, and territorial governments may have travel restrictions in place, including testing requirements, stay-at-home orders, and quarantine requirements upon arrival. Follow state, local, and territorial travel restrictions. For up-to-date information and travel guidance, check the state, territorial, tribal and local health department where you are, along your route, and where you are going. Prepare to be flexible during your trip as restrictions and policies may change during your travel.

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