While most of the countries have hardened their COVID travel
restrictions due to the rise in cases related to the winter holiday
season, the vaccination efforts and contention plans developed around
the world allow people who needs to travel to do it in the safest way
When traveling, we must follow regulations as well as the
recommendations issued by both local and international healthcare
organisms, in order to get our travel plans well-scheduled.
Prior to your trip
State, local, and territorial governments may have travel
restrictions in place, such as testing requirements, visitors
insurance, stay-at-home orders, and quarantine time required upon
arrival. Get proper information from the health department where of
the place you are heading to, along with your route, and your
destination. Prepare to be flexible during your trip as restrictions
and policies may change during your travel. Follow all state, local,
and territorial travel restrictions.
Get vaccinated if you are already eligible, and wait -if possible-
at least 2 weeks after your second vaccine dose in order to let your
body build the protection you need.
- Take extra supplies for masks and hand sanitizer with you.
Get a COVID-19 test around 1-3 days before your departure, and take
a copy of your test results with, DO NOT TRAVEL under any
circumstances if you are tested positive.
- Avoid any contact with whomever is sick.
Hire a COVID travel medical insurance plan. Confirm the insurance
company you are hiring covers issues as hospital fees, medical care
and transportation. If you are traveling outside your country,
consider many countries are experiencing a saturation of their
health care facilities.
During air travel
Arrive early to the airport, so you will be able to choose a time
when the security lines are less crowded.
Maintain a safe space of 6 ft (2 meters) away from other passengers
during waiting and boarding process.
Always wear your mask. Whether you use surgical, N95 or cloth masks,
it is crucial to always wear it. Avoid eating or drinking during the
flight waiting period.
Take your time to board, so you will be helping the flight crew to
prevent crowded aisles, reducing risks.
Viruses and other germs do not spread easily on flights because of
the airplane’s ventilation system. However, social distancing is
difficult on crowded flights. If you are taking a short flight,
remain at your seat at all times and avoid the in-flight service.
Once you have arrived at your destination, avoid ride sharing and
public transportation, since both activities increase the risk of
being exposed to the virus.
During bus or train travel
Bus and train stations, are places travelers can be exposed to the
virus in the air and on surfaces. These are also places where it can
be hard to social distance. In general, the longer you are around a
person with COVID-19, the more likely you are to get infected.
Since these 2 ways of transportation involve being in crowded
terminals and being within the 6-foot range of other people,
cautions must be taken at any moment. Visit the CDC website and
learn how you can protect yourself while taking public
Avoid touching any surfaces. If you need to do it, wash your hands
for at least 20 seconds or use a solution containing no less than
Now more than ever, private transportation services have become a
great option that allows you to reduce the contact with other
During car travel
Avoid gas, food or bathroom stops as possible. If these are
necessary, wash your hands and sanitize any objects that are in
touch with the surroundings.
It is important to sanitize the vehicle prior to the trip, and after
it was concluded.
Most long distance ride services follow sanitization protocols for
its customers, in order to avoid any risks for their passengers.
When using public facilites (bathrooms and rest stops)
Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds after
using the bathroom and after you have been in a public place.
If soap and water are not available, use a hand sanitizer that
contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and
rub them together until they feel dry. When traveling
internationally, keep in mind that all air passengers coming 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.
After you travel
You and any travel companion represent a risk for family, friends and
community, so the following actions must be performed after your
- Get a COVID test between 3-5 days after your arrival.
- Even if you test negative, stay home for at least 7 days.
- If you test positive, isolate immediately
If you’re not able to get tested, stay home for at least 10 days
after your arrival.
Avoid any contact with people with medical condition that may
increase his risk for the next 14 days.
If there are people at home who did not travel with you, wear a mask
and ask everyone to wear masks in shared spaces inside your home for
14 days after travel.