COVID-19 Guide For Domestic and International Travel

For those planning to travel to the United States, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) lays down recommendations for travelers, both fully vaccinated and unvaccinated. As such, the Arizona Department of Health Services advises visitors to adhere to the following CDC-issued recommendations for safe travel.

* Presenting your passport to get tested for Covid-19 is mandatory for international travel

List of Destinations Requirements From Arizona

Domestic Travel During COVID-19

Individuals fully vaccinated with an FDA-approved vaccine or a vaccine approved for emergency use by the WHO can travel safely within the United States.

Recommendations for Fully Vaccinated Individuals

  • Wearing a mask covering the mouth and nose is required on planes, trains, buses, and other forms of public conveyance while traveling within, into, and out of the United States. The requirement of wearing a mask also applies to indoor settings of airports, stations, and other U.S. transportation hubs.
  • In areas with a high COVID-19 caseload, wearing a mask is recommended in crowded outdoor settings and for activities involving close contact with individuals not fully vaccinated.
  • After travel, individuals should self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms, isolate, and get tested if symptoms develop. Individuals need not self-quarantine or get tested if they are fully vaccinated or have recovered from a COVID-19 infection in the past 3 months.

Recommendations for Individuals Not Fully Vaccinated

  • Get a COVID-19 test done 1-3 days before your travel date.
  • Wear a mask covering the mouth and nose at all times on all forms of public transportation and while indoors at U.S. transportation hubs such as stations and airports.
  • Avoid crowds and maintain a physical distance of at least 6 feet (about 2 arms’ length) from anyone not traveling with you.
  • Wash your hands frequently or use a hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol content.
  • Self-quarantine for 7 days post-travel and get a COVID-19 test 3-5 days after travel. Isolate yourself and get medical care if you test positive for COVID-19.
  • If you don’t get tested, self-quarantine for 10 days post-travel.
  • Regardless of whether you get tested, avoid being around individuals with increased susceptibility to infection for at least 14 days.
  • Self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms, isolate and get tested if symptoms develop.
  • Check all updated local, state, and territorial travel restrictions before you travel.

International Travel During COVID-19

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Before traveling to the United States:

  • Fully vaccinated individuals must show proof of their vaccination and a negative COVID-19 test report taken no more than 3 days before travel.
  • Individuals not fully vaccinated will need to show a negative COVID-19 test report taken no more than 1 day before travel.
  • Individuals who recently recovered from COVID-19 may travel with their recovery documentation and a letter from a public health official or licensed healthcare provider stating they were cleared to travel.

Before traveling internationally:

  • Individuals not fully vaccinated should get a COVID-19 test done 1-3 days before departure.
  • Stay updated with the COVID-19 guidelines of your airlines and your destination.

During travel:

  • Wearing a mask covering the mouth and nose is required in indoor spaces of public transportation and U.S. transportation hubs.
  • Physical distancing (at least 6 feet) and hand washing (or 60% alcohol-based sanitization) are recommended.

Last but not least, all travelers are to update themselves with and follow all state and local recommendations, including social distancing and mask-wearing.

Safe traveling!


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If you believe you have COVID-19 symptoms, conduct a test to confirm.