Plan your Travel
ALL travelers, including U.S. Citizens, attempting to enter the U.S. MUST have a negative COVID-19 viral test or documentation of recovery within 3 days of departure of their U.S.-bound flight. You will NOT be allowed onto your return flight without presenting negative test results. Know the rules before you travel.
- Before booking your trip, check for international travel advisories and destination-specific COVID-19 risk. Refer to individual state, territorial, tribal, and local government websites for domestic travel advisories and information about quarantine or other restrictions.
- The UNWTO-IATA Destination Tracker is a new, free online tool for travelers to get information on COVID-19 requirements for international travel and the measures in place at the destination.
- Review CDC’s considerations for Travel During COVID-19 before you go to determine your personal risk.
- Review airline policies regarding COVID-19 carefully. This includes questions on cancellation, middle seat use and in-flight meals and snacks. This may help inform your travel decisions.
- CDC recommends getting COVID-19 testing prior to traveling to reduce the risk.
- Get tested with a viral test 1-3 days before you depart.
- For domestic travel, it is suggested to get tested 1-3 days after your return.
- For international travel, it is required for all air passengers arriving to the US from a foreign country to get tested no more than 3 days before their flight departs and to present the negative result or documentation of having recovered from COVID-19 to the airline before boarding the flight.
- Make sure you get your test results before you travel. If you are waiting for results, delay your travel.
- Do not travel if your test result is positive; immediately isolate yourself, and follow public health recommendations.
- A negative test does not mean that you were not exposed or that you will not develop COVID-19. Make sure to wear a mask, stay at least 6 feet from others, wash your hands, and watch your health for signs of illness while traveling.
- Keep a copy of your test results with you during travel. You may be asked for them.
- Pack Smart! Pack Safe! Know what is in your carry-on and checked bags and make sure there are no prohibited items inside before arriving at the checkpoint. As a temporary exemption from the 3-1-1 rule, TSA is allowing one oversized liquid hand sanitizer container, up to 12 ounces per passenger, in carry-on bags. These will need to be placed in a bin during the screening process. Passengers may also bring hand wipes through checkpoints.
- Unused COVID-19 test kits do not contain dangerous goods and are typically allowed in both carry-on and checked baggage.
- COVID-19 test kits containing diagnostic samples (e.g., nasal swabs and vials of sputum) are not allowed in carry-on baggage. These samples must be properly packaged, handled, and identified as a UN3373 Category B Infectious Substance (PDF) during transportation. Passengers should check with their carrier before packing COVID-19 test kits containing diagnostic samples in checked baggage or shipping as cargo. Individual carriers and international requirements may be more restrictive than domestic regulations. Visit FAA’s Pack Safe site for more information.
- Plan to wear a mask throughout your travel experience. Ask your airline about their mask-wearing and changing policy and if they will provide masks. If you require accommodation for use of a mask, check with your airline.
- For some international flights longer than four hours, certain international carriers may require passengers to change masks several times. Be sure to pack extra masks for yourself and your travel party in your carry-on.
- TSA security wait times are shorter than normal, but you may still want to plan extra time for your trip to the airport as new policies and social distancing requirements may cause delays.
- Consider joining TSA PreCheck™. Members continue to be eligible for expedited screening procedures and have the shortest wait times. TSA PreCheck provides the most convenience and least amount of physical contact at the TSA checkpoint. Visit TSA PreCheck to enroll today.
- Have a travel plan that does not rely on the U.S. government for assistance. Visit travel.state.gov for more information.
- Make two copies of all your travel documents in case of emergency, and leave one with a trusted friend or relative.
- Remember, if you are sick, stay home and do not travel! Contact your airline regarding their re-booking and cancellation policies. See CDC’s website for when and how long to delay your travel.
*All information developed in accordance with CDC guidelines.