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Are you traveling for vacation? Here’s a guide to restrictions and recommendations amid COVID-19


“If you have a vaccinated situation, enjoy the vacation with your family in a family setting,” Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s leading infectious disease expert, told CNN.

Ahead of the Christmas, Kwanzaa, and New Year celebrations, here’s an introduction to domestic and international travel guidelines, and some recommendations from public health experts on how to protect yourself and your family.

Traveling to the United States

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention officials recommend that people delay travel plans until they are fully immunized.

Those who intend to travel should delay their trip if they have been exposed to COVID-19, feel ill, or have tested positive for the virus.

On Twitter, Dr Ashish Jha, dean of the Brown University School of Public Health, said that vacation travel to the United States was “Fairly low risk” if a person is vaccinated and visits other vaccinated people.

For those who aren’t fully vaccinated and need to travel, the CDC recommends taking extra precautions, including getting tested for COVID-19 before and after your trip. Authorities recommend getting tested with a viral test between one and three days before departure and upon return to be tested with a virus between three and five days.

Unvaccinated people should stay home and quarantine themselves for seven days after returning from travel, even if they have tested negative within three to five days of their return. For unvaccinated people who decide not to get tested, they should stay home and self-quarantine for 10 days after returning home.

The CDC recommends researching the level of transmission of COVID-19 in the destination people are traveling to and taking note of any restrictions or mask warrants that may be in place.

Federal travel guidelines do not require passengers to be tested for COVID-19 before domestic travel.


Masks should be worn on planes, trains, buses, and other public transportation in the United States and indoors at transportation hubs such as airports or train stations.

Authorities also recommend that unvaccinated people wear masks in indoor public places.

Those who are fully vaccinated should always wear masks indoors if they are in an area with high or substantial COVID-19 transmission rates or if they have a weakened immune system, according to the CDC.

According to the CDC, the level of transmission of COVID-19 in the United States is high. The entire state of Massachusetts is considered an area with high or high transmission, with thirteen of the fourteen counties considered have a “high” transmission and only one – Nantucket – designated as “substantial”.

A map of COVID-19 transmission rates in each county in the United States can be viewed here.

Travelling abroad

Those planning to travel abroad for vacation should keep in mind that the requirements have recently changed amid the emergence of the Omicron variant.

The new rules, announced by President Biden last week, tighten the deadline for COVD-19 testing for international travelers.

Previously, international travelers had to test negative three days before leaving for the United States. From now on, they will have to test negative within one day of their departure. The measure applies to everyone, regardless of their vaccination status or nationality.

A number of countries have also implemented their own travel restrictions, testing or quarantine requirements amid the spread of the Omicron variant. Travel rules change quickly, so be sure to check your destination’s regulations.

In order to slow the spread of the variant, Biden has restricted travel for those who are not U.S. citizens from South Africa, Malawi, Mozambique, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Namibia and Eswatini.

Most people who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents arriving in the United States from another country must be fully immunized and show proof before flying to the United States.

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