December has always been one of the busiest months for travel, whether that be internationally or across state lines. With COVID-19 cases currently rising across the US, it is imperative that we remain safe if we are planning to travel. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has maintained a travel safety guide on its website, which is updated as new information comes in. Here is a general list of ways to keep you and your family safe while you travel. Please read the CDC’s travel page for more information!
- If you are traveling domestically via car, it is important to limit your stops as much as possible. As frequent stops can lead to you or a passenger coming in contact with the virus, limiting your exposure to gas stations, drive-throughs, restaurants, etc is recommended. However, depending on where your destination is, it might not be possible for you to make the journey without a stop or two. Bring extra masks and hand sanitizer for when you do have to make those stops. Most states still require face masks upon entry to any establishment, so make sure you have a few extras or that your reusable masks are washed and ready to go before your trip. If you wear disposable gloves when going into businesses, make sure to throw away the gloves after you leave the business and before you get into your car, to prevent any spread to you or your passengers.
- If you are traveling domestically via airplane, you need to check with the airport and the airline company on what they require before traveling. The CDC recommends getting tested 1-3 days before and after flying, as well as self-quarantining for 7 days, even if you test negative. This is to prevent any further spread to your loved ones and to ensure your safety. Of course, always wear your mask, bring hand sanitizer and maintain 6 feet of social distance as much as possible. Airlines could have their own requirements and guidelines that must be followed so make sure you check with your provider ahead of time to ensure you get to your destination on time and as safely as possible.
- If you’re planning to travel internationally, check the CDC’s website for the list of travel bans. Some countries have not opened their borders to international travel yet, so it is very important that you check before planning your trip. Different countries also have different regulations and requirements for everyone coming in and out of the country, so make sure you review their guidelines as well as the CDC’s. The CDC also recommends getting tested before and after your trip as well as self quarantining for 7 days, even if you test negative.
The holidays are meant to be spent with family and loved ones. However, their safety, as well as yours, needs to be considered. If you are traveling, following the CDC’s guidelines will help you and your loved ones stay safe through the holidays and into the new year.