Often asked: What Is Essential Travel?

Should I travel during the COVID-19 pandemic?

Delay travel until you are fully vaccinated. If you are not fully vaccinated and must travel, follow CDC’s recommendations for unvaccinated people.

Do you need a negative COVID-19 test upon entering the United States?

All air passengers coming to the United States, including U.S. citizens and fully vaccinated people, are required to have a negative COVID-19 test result no more than 3 days before travel or documentation of recovery from COVID-19 in the past 3 months before they board a flight to the United States.

Do travelers need to be quarantined when traveling internationally during the COVID-19 pandemic?

Fully vaccinated travelers do not need to self-quarantine in the United States following international travel.

What are the risks of getting COVID-19 on an airplane?

Most viruses and other germs do not spread easily on flights because of how air circulates and is filtered on airplanes. However, keeping your distance is difficult on crowded flights, and sitting within 6 feet/2 meters of others, sometimes for hours, may make you more likely to get COVID-19.

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What type of covid test is required for travelling to the United States?

The test must be a SARS-CoV-2 viral test (nucleic acid amplification test [NAAT] or antigen test) with Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Do I need to get tested for COVID-19 before traveling to the United States if I am fully vaccinated?

Fully vaccinated international travelers arriving in the United States are still required to get tested 3 days before travel by air into the United States (or show documentation of recovery from COVID-19 in the past 3 months) and should still get tested 3-5 days after their trip.

Why do you have to quarantine for 14 days after travel during the COVID-19 pandemic?

You may have been exposed to COVID-19 on your travels. You may feel well and not have any symptoms, but you can be contagious without symptoms and spread the virus to others. You and your travel companions (including children) pose a risk to your family, friends, and community for 14 days after you travel.

Do I need to get a post-arrival COVID-19 test after traveling if I was infected within the last 3 months?

If you recovered from a documented COVID-19 infection within the last 3 months, follow all requirements and recommendations for fully vaccinated travelers except you do NOT need to get a post- arrival test 3-5 days after travel unless you are symptomatic.

Do I have to wear a mask in Mexico during the COVID-19 pandemic?

• Travelers should follow recommendations or requirements in Mexico, including mask wearing and social distancing.

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