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The latest general information on the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) is available on For USDOT specific COVID-19 resources, please visit our page.

Returning Home

You may have been exposed to COVID-19 on your travels. You may feel well and not have any symptoms, but you can be contagious without symptoms and spread the virus to others. You and your travel companions (including children) pose a risk to your family, friends, and community for 14 days after you were exposed to the virus. Regardless of where you traveled or what you did during your trip, take these actions to protect others from getting sick after you return:

  • NEW! CDC recommends getting COVID-19 testing after air travel.
    • Get tested 3-5 days after travel AND stay home for 7 days after travel.
      • Even if you test negative, stay home for the full 7 days.
      • If you don’t get tested, it’s safest to stay home for 14 days after travel.
  • NEW! On December 25, 2020, CDC issued an order requiring proof of a negative COVID-19 test for all air passengers arriving from the United Kingdom (UK) to the United States (US).  Visit the CDC website for more information. 
  • When around others, stay at least 6 feet (about 2 arms' length) from other people who are not from your household. It is important to do this everywhere, both indoors and outdoors. 
  • Wear a mask to keep your nose and mouth covered when you are in public settings.
  • Consider teleworking for 14 days, if your employer allows it.
  • Wash your hands often or use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
  • Monitor your health and look for symptoms of COVID-19. Take your temperature if you feel sick.
  • Follow state, territorial, tribal and local recommendations or requirements after travel. 
  • For more information, see CDC’s After You Travel website

*All information developed in accordance with CDC guidelines. 

Last updated: Monday, January 4, 2021