Widespread and on-going transmission of COVID-19 has been reported in many countries around the globe. Individuals traveling may be required to self-isolate or self-quarantine for an extended period of time. Those traveling from destinations with widespread or sustained transmission, including China, Iran, South Korea, and parts of Europe, may be subject to additional screening measures. Some travelers may even be prohibited from entry into destination country. It’s recommended all travelers check itinerary, destination and home country travel restrictions, and other health notices.
See Center for Disease Control (CDC) COVID-19 Travel Restrictions by Country
How Travelers Can Protect Themselves and Others
It’s recommended that travelers avoid all non-essential travel to minimize risk. CDC recommends all travelers, particularly older adults and people of any age with serious chronic medical conditions defer all cruise ship travel worldwide.
If you must travel:
- Avoid contact with sick people.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
- It is especially important to clean hands after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after coughing, sneezing or blowing your nose.
- Avoid traveling if you are sick.
Travelers Returning from High-Risk Countries
Stay home for 14 days from the time you left an area with widespread, ongoing community spread (Level 3 Travel Health Notice countries) and practice social distancing. Additional protective measures include:
- Monitor Temperature: Check our temperature two times a day and monitor for fever. Watch for a cough or trouble breathing.
- Self-isolate: Stay home and avoid contact with others. Do not go to work or school for this 14-day period. Discuss your work situation with your employer before returning to work.
- Practice Social Distancing: Do not take public transportation, taxis, or ride-shares during the time you are practicing social distancing. Avoid crowded places (such as shopping centers and movie theaters) and limit your activities in public.
Keep your distance from others (about 6 feet or 2 meters).
If you Get Sick after Traveling
If you show signs or symptoms of COVID-19, it’s important that you implement an action plan to minimize spread of the disease and inform your healthcare provider of your travel. Additional steps to take include:
- Stay home except to get medical care.
- Separate yourself from other people in your home (home-isolation) and limit contact with pets and animals.
- Practice basic hand hygiene and cover your coughs and sneezes.
- Avoid sharing high-touch personal items in your home.
- Clean all high-touch surfaces every day.
- Monitor your symptoms.
If you have traveled recently and have a fever or acute respiratory symptoms, a healthcare provider will ask you to provide a detailed travel history if you have acute respiratory symptoms and have recently traveled.
See CDC’s recommendations for when it’s appropriate to discontinuing home isolation.
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