Traveling During the Pandemic

The Centers for Disease Control recommends delaying all travel until you are fully vaccinated. You are considered fully vaccinated 2 weeks after your second dose in a 2-dose series (e.g. Moderna or Pfizer vaccines), or 2 weeks after a single-dose vaccine (e.g. Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine).

Be sure to follow all state and local mandates at your travel destinations as they change frequently and can vary from place to place.


When traveling within the United States, fully vaccinated people do not need to be tested for COVID-19 either before or after travel, unless local ordinance requires it. Unvaccinated people should get tested with a viral test 1-3 days before travel and 3-5 days after travel.

During Travel

Both fully vaccinated and unvaccinated people are required to wear a mask on planes, buses, trains, and other forms of public transportation traveling into, within, or out of the United States (and while indoors at U.S. transportation hubs such as airports and stations). Unvaccinated individuals should continue to wear masks, practice social distancing, and wash their hands (or use hand sanitizer) frequently. 

After Travel

Individuals who are fully vaccinated or who have recovered from COVID-19 in the past 3 months do not need to test or self-quarantine when returning home. However, unvaccinated people should get viral tested 1-3 days before travel and 3-5 days after travel and should self-quarantine for 7 days, even if they test negative for COVID-19.

Be sure to follow all state and local recommendations or requirements when traveling regardless of vaccination status.

CDC link for more on travel: Click here