Travel during COVID-19
Travel increases your risk of being exposed to the virus that causes COVID-19. The CDC recommends you wait to travel, both internationally and within the United States, until you are fully vaccinated. If you have not been fully vaccinated, it’s important you take precautions after returning from traveling to protect your family, friends, and community from COVID-19.
Fully vaccinated means it has been at least 2 weeks since your final dose of COVID-19 vaccine.
- 2-dose vaccines (Pfzier and Moderna): It has been at least 2 weeks since your 2nd dose.
- 1-dose vaccines (Johnson & Johnson): It has been at least 2 weeks since you got the shot.
For up-to-date travel recommendations, visit the CDC website at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/index.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.
Travel Restrictions in Utah
There are no travel or quarantine restrictions in the state of Utah.
- Visitors to Utah or those returning home to Utah after traveling are not required to quarantine upon arrival.
- You may be required to provide proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test result before traveling on airlines or to some destinations.
- There may be restrictions entering the U.S. if you travel to areas with widespread COVID-19 infection. Know the restrictions in the area you are planning to travel to.
- Consider purchasing travel insurance in case your travel plans need to be cancelled due to sickness.
Utah does not have a statewide mask mandate.
- Some businesses may still have mask requirements to protect employees and customers who haven’t had a chance to get vaccinated yet. Please respect any mask requirements posted by businesses, and wear a mask.
- National parks and monuments have indoor mask requirements.
Visit https://www.visitutah.com/plan-your-trip/covid-19 for more information on traveling to Utah during the pandemic.
Traveling if you are not fully vaccinated
The CDC recommends you avoid travelling as much as possible if you are not fully vaccinated. If you do travel, take precautions to protect yourself and others: wear a mask, physical distance, wash your hands often, and try to avoid touching things other people touch. Bring hand sanitizer and disposable wipes with you in case you do not have soap and water to wash your hands.
- 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 when you are traveling and need medical advice, you should call a doctor right away. If you get sick when you are outside of the United States, 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 people from the country, or give medicines, vaccines, or medical care to private U.S. citizens overseas.
International Travel During the Pandemic
All air passengers coming to the United States, including U.S. citizens, are required to have a negative COVID-19 test result within 3 days of entering the U.S. or documentation that you have recovered from COVID-19 within the last 90 days before boarding a flight to the United States. Learn more about these requirements at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/testing-international-air-travelers.html.
The CDC also provides a list of travel recommendations based on how much COVID-19 is spreading in a country at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/map-and-travel-notices.html. There may be some restrictions on who can enter the United States at this time.
It is important to take precautions after you return from another country, where many people may not yet be vaccinated and where there may be very high rates of COVID-19 or variants of the virus.
- Get tested 3-5 days after returning from your trip. You can find a list of testing locations at https://coronavirus.utah.gov/utah-covid-19-testing-locations.
- Watch for symptoms of COVID-19 for 14 days after you return from your trip. You can find a list of common symptoms of COVID-19 at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/symptoms.html.
- Isolate and get tested right away if you have symptoms of COVID-19.
- If you’re not fully vaccinated, you should also quarantine at home for 7 days after you return. This means to stay home and away from other people as much as possible. Quarantine keeps you away from others so you don’t infect someone else without knowing it. You can learn more about quarantine at https://coronavirus.utah.gov/protect-yourself.
Travel Within the United States During the Pandemic
The CDC has a tool to help travelers get information about COVID-19 restrictions at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/travel-planner/index.html. This tool lets you enter a city, zip code, address, or national park name to learn more about travel restrictions and resources in your destination.
COVID-19 Testing for Travel
You can find COVID-19 testing locations at https://coronavirus.utah.gov/utah-covid-19-testing-locations. Check with the testing location to see if they offer testing for travel. Keep in mind that COVID-19 testing for travel may not be covered by insurance. Make sure to call your insurance provider to find out if you will be responsible to pay for the test.
Some travel destinations may also require testing to be done at specific testing locations. You are also responsible for making sure your travel destination will accept the type of COVID-19 test you get. Travel destinations 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.
Travelers are responsible for following any travel requirements of their destination. Please visit the state, country, airline, or travel destination website of the area you are traveling to for more information and to see what testing locations and types of tests meet their requirements. If you need a letter stating you’ve recently tested positive for COVID-19 and have completed your isolation, you may email the Utah Department of Health at firstname.lastname@example.org.