Source: Association for Professionals in Infection Control & Epidemiology
How can I make my travel plans safer?
What does it mean to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19?
You are fully vaccinated when it has been two weeks since you have received the necessary number of doses required for your COVID-19 vaccine. Your vaccination means:
- You are potentially protected against a variety of strains, though the risk for SARS-CoV-2 infection cannot be completely eliminated as long as community transmission continues.
- According to early data, you are less likely to have an asymptomatic infection (an infection without symptoms) and give it to others. Get tested if you are showing any COVID-19 symptoms.
- You can gather indoors with other fully vaccinated people without wearing a mask.
- You can gather indoors with unvaccinated people from one other household (for example, visiting with relatives who all live together) without masks, unless anyone in the household has an increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19.
What steps do I need to take when I return from my trip?
Because you and your traveling companions may have been exposed to COVID-19 during your trip, you should take precautions.
- If you have not been fully vaccinated you should get tested for COVID-19 three to five days after you return. Stay home and self-quarantine for seven days.
- Wait 10 days before visiting people who are at higher risk for developing serious illness from COVID-19, even if you are fully vaccinated.
Follow state and local recommendations and requirements when you return.
Which COVID-19 hot spots in the U.S. should I keep in mind?
What else do I need to know to be a safe traveler?
There are non-COVID-19-related safety measures that you can practice during your travels in any given year:
- Prepare for the health and safety concerns that may exist at your destination.
- Make sure all of your vaccines are up to date (influenza, MMR, Tetanus).
Pack a first-aid kit, insect repellant, sunscreen, prescription and over-the-counter medications, and alcohol-based hand sanitizer.