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Domestic travel during COVID-19

This illustration, created at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), reveals ultrastructural morphology exhibited by coronaviruses. Note the spikes that adorn the outer surface of the virus, which impart the look of a corona surrounding the virion, when viewed electron microscopically. A novel coronavirus, named Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), was identified as the cause of an outbreak of respiratory illness first detected in Wuhan, China in 2019. The illness caused by this virus has been named coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
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Check travel restrictions
Delay the journey until you are fully vaccinated. If you have not been fully vaccinated and you must travel, follow the CDC recommendations for people without vaccinations.

Those who have been fully vaccinated by an FDA-authorized vaccine or a vaccine authorized for emergency use by the World Health Organization can travel safely within the United States.

The CDC will update these recommendations as more people are vaccinated, as rates of COVID-19 change, and additional scientific evidence is available. This guidance is available in the United States and the U.S. Applies to travel within regions.

Woman doctor in medical face mask. Concept of coronavirus quarantine.
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Domestic travel recommendations for fully vaccinated people
If you are fully immunized, take the following steps to protect others while traveling:

Have you been fully vaccinated?
People are considered full immunization *:

2 weeks after their second dose in a 2-dose series, such as Pfizer or Modern Vaccines, or
2 weeks after a single-dose vaccine such as Johnson & Johnson's Janssen vaccine
If you do not meet these requirements, you have not been fully vaccinated. Take all precautions until fully vaccinated.

If you have a condition or are taking medication that weakens your immune system, you may not be completely safe, even if you have been fully immunized. Talk to your healthcare provider. Even after vaccination, you may need to take all precautions.

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During the journey
Wearing masks on your nose and mouth requires traveling in or outside the United States in planes, buses, trains, and other forms of public transportation, and in American transportation centers such as airports and stations.
Follow all state and local recommendations and requirements, including wearing masks and social distance.
After the trip
Self-monitoring for COVID-19 symptoms; Isolate and check for signs of symptoms.
Follow all state and local recommendations or requirements.
If you have been fully vaccinated or have recovered from COVID-19 in the last 3 months, you do not need to be tested or self-quarantined. You should still follow all other travel recommendations.

New visualisation of the Covid-19 virus
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Domestic travel recommendations for non-vaccinated people
If you have not been fully vaccinated and have to travel, take the following steps to protect yourself and others from COVID-19:

Before traveling:
Test with a viral test 1-3 days before your trip.
While you are traveling:
Wear a mask over your nose and mouth. It is necessary to wear masks on planes, buses, trains, and other forms of public transportation traveling within or outside the United States and at airports and stations such as American transportation centers.
Avoid crowds and be at least 6 feet / 2 meters (about 2 arm lengths) away from anyone who is not traveling with you.
Wash your hands frequently or use hand sanitizer (with at least 60% alcohol).
After your trip:
Test with a viral test 3-5 days after the trip and stay home and self-quarantined for the full 7 days after the trip.
Even if your test is negative, stay at home and do a quarantine for a full 7 days.
If your test is positive, isolate yourself to prevent others from getting infected.
If you don't get tested, stay home and self-quarantine for 10 days after the trip.
Avoid being around people who are at risk of serious illness for 14 days, whether you get tested or not.
Self-monitoring for COVID-19 symptoms; Isolate and check for signs of symptoms.
Follow all state and local recommendations or requirements.
Visit your state, regional, tribal or local external icon health department website to see the latest information on where to test.