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You will be asked to stay home for a period of 14 days from the time you left an area with widespread or ongoing community spread (Level 3 Travel Health Notice). This depends on your travel history. During this while, it is advisable to practice social distancing.

How to practice social distancing:

  1. Stay home and avoid contact with others. Do not go to work or school for this 14-day period. Discuss your work situation with your employer before returning to work.
  2. Do not take public transportation, taxis, or ride-shares during the time you are practicing social distancing.
  3. Avoid crowded places (such as shopping centers and movie theaters) and limit your activities in public.
  4. Keep your distance from others (about 6 feet or 2 meters).

Coronavirus and Travel in the United States

Should I travel within the US?

CDC does not generally issue advisories or restrictions for travel within the United States. However, cases of COVID-19 have been reported in many states. Crowded travel settings may increase your risk of exposure to COVID-19, if there are other travelers with COVID-19. There are several things you should consider when deciding whether it is safe for you to travel. Be sure to give the airline your current contact information when booking your ticket.

What is the risk of getting COVID-19 on an airplane?

Because of how air circulates and is filtered on airplanes, most viruses and other germs do not spread easily on airplanes. Although the risk of infection on an airplane is low, travelers should try to avoid contact with sick passengers and wash their hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer that contain 60%–95% alcohol.

What happens if there is a sick patient on the flight?

Under current federal regulations, pilots must report to CDC all illnesses and deaths before arriving to the United States. If a sick traveler is considered to be a public health risk, CDC works with local and state health departments and international public health agencies to contact passengers and crew exposed to that sick traveler—according to CDC disease protocols.

Things to consider before travel:

  • What if COVID-19 spreading where you’re going?
    If COVID-19 is spreading at your destination, you may be at higher risk of exposure by virtue of traveling there.
  • What if you or your travel companions be in close contact with others during your trip?
    Your risk of exposure to COVID-19 may increase in crowded settings, especially if there are people in the crowd who are sick.
  • Who are at higher risk of severe illness if you get COVID-19?
    People at higher risk for severe disease are older adults and people of any age with serious chronic medical conditions such as heart disease, lung disease, or diabetes.

Depending on your unique circumstances, you may choose your travel plans. For the most up-to-date COVID-19 travel information, visit CDC COVID-19 Travel page.


What are the countries that have a Level 3 Travel Health notice?

Countries that have a Level 3 Travel Health Notice (widespread, ongoing transmission):

  • China
  • Iran
  • South Korea
  • Europe (Schengen Area): Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Monaco, San Marino, Vatican City
  • United Kingdom and Ireland: England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, Republic of Ireland

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