Safer Travel Ideas
COVID-19 is mainly spread through close contact with another person. The type of transportation you use, type of accommodation you stay in, and the activities you do during travel can increase your risk of getting and spreading COVID-19.
CDC recommends delaying travel until you are able to get fully vaccinated. Even if you are fully vaccinated, choose safer travel options to protect yourself, your loved ones, and others from COVID-19.
Check CDC’s Domestic Travel or International Travel pages for the latest recommendations for vaccinated and unvaccinated travelers.
All travelers should take these everyday steps to prevent getting or spreading COVID-19 during their trip:
*Wear a mask over your nose and mouth when in public.
*Avoid crowds and stay at least 6 feet/2 meters (about 2 arm lengths) from anyone who is not traveling with you.
*Wash your hands often or use hand sanitizer (with at least 60% alcohol).
People You Come into Contact with During Travel
COVID-19 is mainly spread through close contact with another person, so the closer you are to others, the more people you are in contact with, and the longer that contact lasts, the more likely COVID-19 will spread.
Contact with just members of your household.
Contact with just fully vaccinated people.
Close contact with people who are not from your household
Close contact with unvaccinated people
During car travel, making stops along the way for gas, food, or bathroom breaks can put you and your traveling companions in close contact with other people and frequently touched surfaces. If traveling in a RV, you may have to stop less often for food or bathroom breaks, but you could still be in close contact with others while staying at RV parks overnight and while getting gas and supplies.
Traveling on buses and trains for any length of time can involve sitting or standing within 6 feet/2 meters of others, which may increase your risk of getting COVID-19. If you choose to travel by bus or train, learn what you can do to protect yourself on public transportation.
Air travel requires spending time in security lines and airport terminals, which can bring you in close contact with other people and frequently touched surfaces. Most viruses and other germs do not spread easily on flights because of how air circulates and is filtered on airplanes. However, keeping your distance is difficult on crowded flights, and sitting within 6 feet/2 meters of others, sometimes for hours, may make you more likely to get COVID-19.
Short road trips with members of your household or fully vaccinated people with few stops along the way
If you must fly, try to take flights with the fewest stops or layovers
Longer trips by car or RV with many stops along the way
Trips by car or RV with people who are not vaccinated or not from your household
Flights with layovers
Long-distance train or bus trips
Traveling on a cruise ship or river boat