Traveling does increase your chances of getting and spreading COVID-19. Being fully vaccinated greatly reduces your risk of getting or spreading the COVID-19 virus. Even so, there’s still a small chance you can get or spread COVID-19 after vaccination, and the risk goes up if you’re around lots of other people who may not be vaccinated. If you choose to make winter travel plans, follow these precautions to reduce your risk of getting or spreading the virus.
Pre-travel and post-travel guidance is different for unvaccinated people.
The CDC recommends delaying domestic and international travel until you are fully vaccinated.
Fully vaccinated travelers do not need to take any special precautions before or after travel. If you are unvaccinated and decide to travel, follow these steps to reduce your risk:
Guidance during travel is the same for both vaccinated and unvaccinated people.
We know that COVID-19 can spread extremely easily, especially the Delta variant. During your travel you should:
Federal rules still require mask usage when traveling by plane, train, bus, taxi, or ride-share. Masks are also required indoors at public transportation hubs such as bus stations, train stations and airports. Be sure to check the COVID-19 protocols for your airline, bus, train, or travel company, and follow those in addition to what’s listed here. Some locations may have additional requirements for travelers, make sure you know what these are before you depart.
This information is available as a printable PDF you can share with family or friends. You can also find additional travel resources from the CDC and the Washington State Department of Health.