Travel during COVID-19
CDC recommends delaying travel until you are fully vaccinated, because travel increases your chance of getting and spreading COVID-19. If you are not fully vaccinated and must travel, follow CDC’s recommendations for unvaccinated people.
We don’t know if one type of travel is safer than others. If you go to places where many people go (airports, bus stations, train stations, and rest stops) you can be exposed to the virus in the air and on surfaces.
These are also places where it can be hard to social distance (keep 6 feet or 2 meters apart from other people). For up-to-date travel recommendations for business or personal travel, visit the CDC website at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/index.html.
Consider these questions before you travel:
Ways to Visit Utah Responsibly
- Have I been fully vaccinated? Fully vaccinated individuals (those who have received all doses of a particular vaccine) are at least risk during travel.
- Is COVID-19 spreading where you are going? You can get infected when you travel.
- Is COVID-19 spreading in your community? Even if you don’t have symptoms, you can spread COVID-19 to others while traveling.
- Will you, or people you travel with, be within 6 feet or 2 meters of other people during or after your trip? COVID-19 is mainly spread by close contact with someone who is sick. If you are within 6 feet or 2 meters (about 2 arm lengths) of other people you are more likely to get the virus.
- Are you or people you are traveling with at higher-risk of getting very sick from COVID-19? Older adults and people of any age who have a serious underlying medical condition are at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19.
- Do you live with someone who is at higher-risk of getting very sick from COVID-19? If you get infected while you travel you can spread COVID-19 to loved ones when you return, even if you don’t have symptoms.
- Does the state or local government where you live or at your destination require you to stay home for 14 days after traveling? Some state and local governments may require people who have recently traveled to stay home for 14 days.
- If you get sick with COVID-19, will you have to miss work or school? People with COVID-19 disease need to isolate at home until the health department says they will no longer spread the virus to other people.
Consider these tips for keeping yourself and others safe before traveling to Utah.
- Research and Understand CDC Guidelines – Understanding the risks associated with travel is critical in preventing the spread of COVID-19. Ask yourself the questions listed above, follow all CDC guidelines, and plan your trip accordingly.
- Get Off the Beaten Path – While Utah’s Mighty 5 national parks are open (with some limitations), it can be difficult to welcome large groups of visitors safely. Now is the time to find new destinations in the park regions to explore our state’s many hidden gems.
- Support Local – Locally-owned businesses around the world are facing tremendous pressure during the pandemic. Wherever you travel, try to safely and responsibly support local business owners as much as possible.
See more recent travel updates from the Utah Office of Tourism at https://www.visitutah.com/plan-your-trip/responsible-travel/
The CDC recommends you avoid all non-essential travel to certain areas of the world where COVID-19 is widespread. There may also be restrictions entering the U.S. if you travel to these areas. Know the restrictions in the area you are planning to travel to. The CDC’s travel health alerts can be found at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/map-and-travel-notices.html.
You can find the CDC’s recommendations for what to do after you return from international travel at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/aftertravel-precautions.html.
Consider purchasing travel insurance in the event your plans need to be cancelled due to sickness.
Protect Yourself While You Travel
- Social distance as much as you can. Wear a cloth face covering if you can’t social distance.
- Wash your hands often. Bring hand sanitizer and disposable disinfecting wipes with you when you travel in case you do not have soap and water to wash your hands.
- Try not to touch things other people touch. When you travel, you may want to use a disposable tissue or napkin to touch things like handrails, door handles, elevator buttons, etc.
- Try to use vendors and accommodations (hotels, restaurants, etc.) that take steps to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in their business.
If You Get Sick While Traveling
If you get sick when you are traveling, you should call a doctor right away if you need medical advice
If you are outside the U.S., and get sick, call a doctor or overseas medical assistance company to help you find the right healthcare provider in that country. A U.S. consular officer can help find healthcare services. However, U.S. embassies, consulates, and military facilities do not have the legal authority, capability, or resources to evacuate or give medicines, vaccines, or medical care to private U.S. citizens overseas.
Quarantining After Travel
There are currently no COVID-19 travel restrictions in the state of Utah. Visitors to Utah or those returning home to Utah after traveling are not required to quarantine upon arrival.
Several states and cities across the U.S. have a mandatory quarantine upon arrival for those traveling from certain areas, including Utah. Please visit the state website of the area you are traveling to for information.
COVID-19 Testing for out of state travel
Currently, only those who have symptoms of COVID-19 are able to get tested in Utah. There may be private companies which offer rapid COVID-19 testing; however, this testing is not coordinated or offered by the Utah Department of Health. You will need to find this testing on your own and there may be a cost to you for it.
States which require proof of a negative COVID-19 test upon arrival may offer testing to travelers or the option for a mandatory quarantine for those who do not wish to be or who are unable to be tested upon arrival. Please visit the state website of the area you are traveling to for more information.
More information on travel can be found on our Frequently asked questions page: https://coronavirus.utah.gov/faq/