FAQ: Summer Travel and COVID-19

24 June, 2024

What can I do to decrease my chances of getting COVID-19 while I’m traveling this summer?

It’s important to remember that COVID-19 is not a winter-only virus and can still spread during the summer. If you’re taking a flight or any other public transportation, don’t forget to pack masks and practice good hand hygiene. Masks protect you from COVID-19 and other respiratory viruses, and good hand hygiene habits can help prevent the spread of germs.

If you haven’t received an updated COVID-19 vaccine, check out this FAQ from Johns Hopkins Medicine to determine when to get vaccinated, or read more about FDA’s vaccine recommendations for the 2024-2025 fall/winter season.

What if I test positive for COVID-19 before I travel?

If you test positive for COVID-19, you should not travel. Current CDC guidance suggests staying home for at least 5 days, isolating from others in your home.

While I am traveling, what symptoms should prompt me to test for COVID-19?

Symptoms such as a sore throat, fevers, muscle aches or congestion should prompt you to test for COVID-19. Consider traveling with COVID-19 tests so you don’t have to add a trip to the pharmacy as part of your itinerary.

What happens if I test positive for COVID-19 while I’m on vacation?

You shouldn’t travel if you test positive for COVID-19. Current CDC guidance suggests staying home for at least 5 days and isolating from others. If you are traveling, that might mean isolating in your hotel or vacation rental. Reach out to your hotel and airline to help you rearrange travel plans.

Consider ways to get home without coming in contact with other people — like driving, if you feel healthy enough. If you must be around others, wear a high-quality mask for 10 days.

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