Travel  

All information can be found on the CDC website: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/index.html


When can I travel? 

CDC recommends postponing travel until fully vaccinated. People are considered "fully vaccinated" 14 days after the second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or 14 days after the first and only dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. For more information, see the COVID-19 Vaccine Information page or the CDC Guidelines for Fully Vaccinated Individuals.  

When to Postpone Travel: 

  • You are sick with or have symptoms of COVID-19
  • Have suspected or diagnosed COVID-19 (even if you don’t have symptoms)
  • Have been around someone with suspected or diagnosed COVID-19 in the past 14 days (even if they did not have symptoms).

The CDC gives advice on when and how long these people should postpone travel to avoid spreading infection.

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/travel-during-covid19.html

If you must travel, here are some important questions to ask yourself and your loved ones beforehand (from CDC).

  • Are you, someone in your household, or someone you will be visiting at increased risk for getting very sick from COVID-19?
  • Are hospitals in your community or your destination overwhelmed with patients who have COVID-19? To find out, check state, territorial, and local department websites.
  • Does your home or destination have requirements or restrictions for travelers? Check state, territorial, and local requirements before you travel.
  • During the 14 days before your travel, have you or those you are visiting had close contact with people they don’t live with?
  • Do your plans include traveling by bus, train, or air, which might make staying 6 feet apart difficult?
  • Are you traveling with people who don’t live with you?

If the answer to any of these questions is “yes,” you should delay your travel.

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/travel-during-covid19.html

Before Travel (from CT DPH)

  • Plan ahead and check if your airline or destination requires testing, health information, or other documentation.
  • Some destinations require a viral test 1-3 days prior to travel. Visit the CT Testing Locator or call 211 to locate a testing site
  • Keep a copy of your test results with you during travel in case you are asked for them.
  • Anyone who develops signs/symptoms of COVID-19 prior to travel should stay home and get tested.

Staying Safe While Traveling (from CDC)

  • If you are eligible, get fully vaccinated for COVID-19.
    • An individual is considered "Fully vaccinated" 14 days after dose 1 of the Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) vaccine OR dose 2 of the Pfizer/BioNTech or Moderna vaccine
  • Get tested with a viral test (not an antibody test) 1-3 days before you travel. Keep a copy of your test results with you during travel in case you are asked for them. Do NOT travel if you test positive.
  • Check travel restrictions before you go.
  • Wear a mask over your nose and mouth when in public settings. Masks are required on planes, buses, trains, and other forms of public transportation traveling into, within, or out of the United States and in U.S. transportation hubs such as airports and stations. 
    • Mask use in public is still recommended for fully vaccinated individuals
  • Avoid crowds and stay at least 6 feet/2 meters (about 2 arm lengths) from anyone who did not travel with you. It’s important to do this everywhere — both indoors and outdoors.
  • Wash your hands often or use hand sanitizer (with at least 60% alcohol).
  • Bring extra supplies, such as masks and hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid contact with anyone who is sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.

After Travel (from CDC and CT DPH)

  • Review CDC guidance for post-travel quarantine and testing
  • Get tested with a viral test (not an antibody test) 3-5 days after travel AND stay home and self-quarantine for a full 7 days after travel.
    • Even if you test negative, stay home and self-quarantine for the full 7 days.
    • If your test is positive, isolate yourself to protect others from getting infected.
    • If you don’t get tested, stay home and self-quarantine for 10 days after travel.
  • Avoid being around people who are at increased risk for severe illness for 14 days, whether you get tested or not
  • Avoid crowds and stay at least 6 feet/2 meters (about 2 arm lengths) from anyone who did not travel with you. It’s important to do this everywhere — both indoors and outdoors.
  • Wear a mask over your nose and mouth when in public settings.
  • If there are people in the household who did not travel with you, wear a mask and ask everyone in the household to wear masks in shared spaces inside your home for 14 days after travel.
  • Wash your hands often or use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid being around people who are at increased risk for severe illness.
  • Watch your health: Look for symptoms of COVID-19.
  • Follow all state and local recommendations or requirements after travel.
  • Remember to self-monitor for signs and symptoms of COVID-19 while in quarantine. If at any time during your quarantine you develop signs and symptoms of COVID-19, self-isolate (including away from other members of your travel party), contact a healthcare provider, and seek testing.

CDC: COVID-19 Testing After Travel

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/after-travel-precautions.html

https://portal.ct.gov/coronavirus/travel

Travel Resources

CDC Travel Planner

Provides information on restrictions, guidelines, and resources for the travel location: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/travel-planner/index.html

CDC COVID-19 Data Tracker

Updated database of national COVID-19 data: https://covid.cdc.gov/covid-data-tracker/#datatracker-home

Connecticut COVID-19 Response Page

https://portal.ct.gov/Coronavirus

Travel Advisory for Connecticut During the COVID-19 Pandemic - CT.gov: 

All Travel

As of March 19, 2021, Governor Lamont’s Executive Order No.9S, Section 1 regarding travel is no longer in effect.

International Travel

All air passengers arriving to the United States, including U.S. citizens, are required to have a negative COVID-19 test result or documentation of recovery from COVID-19 before they board a flight to the United States.

More information on the international travel requirement here.