Can I Travel if I've Been Exposed to COVID-19?

Do not travel if you have symptoms of COVID-19, have tested positive for COVID-19, are awaiting the results of a COVID-19 test, or have had close contact with a person infected with COVID-19 and are recommended to quarantine. It is safe to travel within the United States, according to the latest guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). However, if you are fully vaccinated and have been exposed to the virus, you do not need to quarantine yourself at home if you do not have any symptoms or test negative. Prathit Kulkarni, adjunct professor of infectious disease medicine at Baylor School of Medicine in Houston, can provide more information on the latest guidelines.

If you need assistance, call Delta at 800-221-1212 or the number on the back of your SkyMiles membership card. If you are a customer, call the Delta reservations sales office in your country. Some jobs may have different travel requirements, so it is important to ask your employer for recommendations for returning from a trip. If you must travel within the country, visit the CDC website for more information about domestic travel during the COVID-19 pandemic.

DHS and CDC recommend knowing the community level of COVID-19 at your travel destination to determine what COVID-19 prevention measures are needed in counties in the United States. Residents who wish to travel to Minnesota should contact their country's embassy in the United States for additional guidance. If you are fully vaccinated but feel sick or know you have been in contact with the virus, get tested 5 to 7 days after exposure to see if you should stay home. Everyone, even people who are fully vaccinated, should get a negative COVID-19 test result no more than one day before traveling and be able to show that result to airline officials before they board their flight.

Follow the chart to see the steps for staying home (“quarantine”) and putting on a mask if you're exposed to someone with COVID-19. After traveling on cruise ships, all travelers are advised to self-monitor symptoms of COVID-19 for 10 days, regardless of their vaccination status. If you're fully vaccinated, you don't need to get tested beforehand unless the location you're traveling to requires it. Take a look at CDC's “COVID-19 Travel Recommendations by Destination” to learn about the current level of risk. If you must travel abroad, visit the CDC website for information on international travel during the COVID-19 pandemic. All air passengers, regardless of their vaccination status, must show a negative COVID-19 test taken no more than 1 day before traveling to the United States. If you're not fully vaccinated, get tested for COVID-19 in time to get the result 1 to 3 days before you travel.

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