Traveling Safely This Summer

Hitting the road or skies this summer? You're not alone. Travel is surging back toward normalcy, now that the CDC has declared it safe for those who are fully vaccinated to travel within the U.S. They also do not need to get a COVID-19 test or to quarantine before or after domestic travel.

Unvaccinated Travelers

But the CDC’s guidance for unvaccinated travelers remains unchanged: They should delay travel until they are fully vaccinated. If they do travel within the U.S., they should get tested for COVID-19 one to three days before departure and again three to five days after returning. They should stay home and self-quarantine for seven days after travel or 10 days if they don’t get tested at the conclusion of travel.

COVID-19 Travel Planner

If you plan to travel, check the CDC COVID-19 Travel Planner before you go. The CDC COVID-19 Travel Planner is a platform that travelers can search to find COVID-19 information for the state, local, territorial, and tribal communities you're passing through and for your destinations. This information can help you make informed decisions, protect yourself and those traveling with you, and reduce transmission before, during and after travel. Click here to use the CDC COVID-19 travel planner

Public Transportation 

If you plan to travel on public transportation (such as airplanes, ships, ferries, trains, subways, buses, taxis, and ride-shares), it can make getting and spreading COVID-19 more likely. CDC now requires everyone to wear a mask while using public transportation into, within, or out of the United States and while indoors at US transportation hubs (airports; seaports; train, subway, and bus stations, and other terminals). Learn more about reducing your risk while traveling:


It’s really happening: Cruising is beginning to return to U.S. waters. The CDC recently clarified its requirements for big ships to cruise again, after a long hiatus during the pandemic. It asks them, for one, to undergo a test cruise before they sail to demonstrate their safety measures, unless they can prove that at least 95 percent of their passengers are fully vaccinated.

Meanwhile, Florida has implemented a ban on so-called vaccination passports that begins July 1, preventing cruise lines from requiring vaccinations if they hope to sail from ports in its state. The companies are hoping for an exemption.

Protect Yourself & Others

If you are unvaccinated and travel, take these steps to protect yourself & others from COVID-19 during your trip:

  • Wash your hands often

  • Avoid close contact with others

  • Wear a mask in public

  • Cover coughs and sneezes

  • Pick up food at drive-throughs, curbside restaurant service, or stores

Look for additional details?

For more detailed travel recommendations for both fully vaccinated people and unvaccinated people, visit:

CDC's website

AARP's website


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