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How should I prepare for air travel during the pandemic?

Testing before and after travel can reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19. Testing does not eliminate all risk, but when paired with a period of staying at home and everyday precautions like wearing masks and social distancing, it can make travel safer by reducing spread on planes, in airports, and at destinations. Here’s what to know:

  • Get tested 1-3 days before your flight.
  • Get tested 3-5 days after travel AND stay home for 7 days after travel. – Even if you test negative, stay home for the full 7 days. – If you don’t get tested, it’s safest to stay home for 14 days after travel.
  • Always follow state and local recommendations or requirements related to travel.
  • Delay your travel if you are waiting for test results.

Travelers with a known exposure to COVID-19 should delay travel, quarantine themselves from other people for 14 days after their last known exposure, get tested, and monitor their health.

Check if your airline requires any health information, testing, or other documents. Some destinations require testing before travel and/or after arrival. Information about testing requirements for your destination may be available from the Office of Foreign Affairs or Ministry of Health, or the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Consular Affairs, Country Information.

Last updated December 10, 2020
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