What Are the CDC Travel Guidelines?

October 30, 2020

Travelling is difficult with current limitations and restrictions in place, but the CDC travel guidelines can help you fly safely. 

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Travel Is Possible

Whether you want to stay closer to home or want to see Europe and fly further afield – you can absolutely travel. And really, if you follow the guidelines, stay safe and be smart there’s never been a better time to travel than right now.

Many of the countries and territories re-opening to tourists require a negative COVID-19 PCR test within 48-96 hours (depending on the country.) Some require a quarantine period, either at your hotel, apartment, or at a government facility.

Be Safe, Be Smart

Travel doesn’t mean throwing caution to the wind. Give others their space even if they don’t demand it. Giving them space also keeps you and your family safe too. It’s just good general hygiene practice to wash your hands frequently. Keep mindful of interactions and touchpoints like restaurant credit card machines, handrails, TSA trays, door handles, and seatbelts.

CDC Travel Guidelines

The Center for Disease Control has issued guidelines for travelling. Some of the guidelines are just good tips and things to follow regardless of the threat of COVID-19. From the CDC:

If You Travel

During your trip, take steps to protect yourself and others from COVID-19:

  • Wear a mask to keep your nose and mouth covered when in public settings.
  • Avoid close contact by staying at least 6 feet (about 2 arms’ length) from anyone who is not from your household.
  • Wash your hands often or use hand sanitizer (with at least 60% alcohol).
  • Avoid contact with anyone who is sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.


In conclusion, adhering to the CDC’s travel guidelines is crucial for anyone planning to travel internationally from the United States or to it. These guidelines are designed not only to protect individual travelers but also to safeguard public health both within the United States and in the global community. As we navigate the complexities of international travel in these times, being informed and compliant with these guidelines is a responsibility that falls on every traveler.

The CDC’s guidelines provide essential information on various aspects of travel, including vaccination requirements, testing protocols, and quarantine procedures. These measures are in place to mitigate the risks associated with international travel and the potential spread of diseases. For travelers leaving or entering the United States, understanding and following these guidelines is key to ensuring a safe and smooth journey.

Travelers should regularly consult the CDC’s official website for the latest updates, as travel advisories and guidelines can change rapidly in response to new health data and emerging global health concerns. By staying informed and adhering to these guidelines, travelers can contribute to global health efforts and enjoy their international experiences with greater peace of mind and safety.

In essence, the CDC’s travel guidelines are an indispensable resource for anyone looking to travel internationally. They provide a framework for safe travel that balances the excitement of exploring new destinations with the practicalities of health and safety in a global context. As we continue to embrace the opportunities of international travel, let us do so with a commitment to the health and well-being of ourselves, our fellow travelers, and the communities we visit.

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