Your Guide to Travel Safely this Summer


COVID-19 essentially wiped out the summer tourism season in 2020. Some people still traveled domestically, but often by car rather than plane, and people opted to stay close to home or take trips that inherently offered social distancing opportunities.

Now, more than 46% of Americans are fully vaccinated against the coronavirus. Many countries around the world are also working to quickly get their populations vaccinated. Borders are reopening, and travelers are hitting the road and the skies.

If you’re planning a trip this year, things might look a little different, but at the same time, more normal than they have for over a year.

With that in mind, the following is your guide to traveling this summer.

General Travel Recommendations

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that everyone who is eligible gets a vaccine. The official guidance is to avoid traveling until you are fully vaccinated. If you have an FDA-authorized vaccine or a vaccine authorized for emergency use, you can travel safely in the United States based on current CDC information.

You are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after your second dose of a two-dose series, which includes the Moderna and Pfizer shots. You’re fully vaccinated two weeks after a single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

With that being said, the following are travel recommendations even if you are fully vaccinated, again, from the CDC:

  • If you’re on public transportation, you should wear a mask over your nose and mouth when it’s required. It is typically required on planes, trains, and buses when you’re within the U.S., traveling into the country or you’re traveling out of the United States.
  • You should follow any state and local requirements and recommendations wherever you are.
  • After you travel, you should self-monitor for any symptoms you might experience and isolate and get tested if you do notice symptoms.
  • You don’t need to self-quarantine or get tested if you’re fully vaccinated, or you’ve recovered from the virus in the past three months.

If you’re unvaccinated, the CDC outlines the following guidelines:

  • Get tested for COVID-19 anywhere from one to three days before your trip.
  • Wear a mask over your nose and mouth when you’re around others.
  • Avoid crowds and stay at least six feet from anyone who isn’t in your travel group.
  • Frequently wash and sanitize your hands.
  • Get tested with a viral test 3 to 5 days after you return.

Before you travel domestically, you should check to see if the city or state you’re going to has any specific requirements. If you’re traveling by air, you need to determine whether your airline requires any testing, documents, or additional health information.

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