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Travel Guidance

Washington state is following the CDC's current travel guidance as it is robust, thorough, and specific and, most importantly, the CDC updates its guidance to reflect the latest science, optimal safety practices and protocols, and the current COVID-19 situation here and abroad.

Travel Guidance

March/April 2021 – Gov. Inslee rescinded the travel advisory to align with CDC Travel Advisory Guidance for travel from outside the U.S. to Washington state. The updated Proclomation 20-83 clarifies that in addition to requiring complicance with CDC restrictions related to international traval, all other types of travel should follow CDC guidance.

The CDC currently requires all air passengers to obtain a negative viral COVID-19 test within 3 days of travel or to present proof of recovery from COVID-19. Masks are required for travel within the United States.

This proclamation will remain in effect through the state of emergency established in Proclamation 20-05.

If you must travel, take steps to protect others and yourself:

  • If you are eligible, get fully vaccinated for COVID-19.
  • Before you travel, get tested with a viral test 1-3 days before your trip.
  • Wear a mask over your nose and mouth when in public.
  • Avoid crowds and stay at least 6 feet/2 meters (about 2 arm lengths) from anyone who did not travel with you.
  • Get tested 3-5 days after your trip and stay home and self-quarantine for a full 7 days after travel, even if your test is negative. If you don’t get tested, stay home and self-quarantine for 10 days after travel.

On April 2, the CDC announced fully vaccinated individuals can travel at low risk to themselves. Full vaccinated individuals (two weeks past their final COVID-19 vaccination dose) do not need COVID-19 testing or post-travel quarantine as long as other precautions are in place during travel – masking, distancing, avoiding crowds and washing hands frequently. Essential travel only is still recommended for this group.

Washington state travel advisory

CDC recommends that travelers avoid all nonessential international travel. CDC also has a list of considerations if you are planning to travel within the United States. For updated CDC guidance on current travel advisories, visit the CDC’s Travel Health page and the U.S. State Department’s travel advisories.

WA DOHTransportation and Travel Guidance

Airport Updates: Tri-Cities AirportSea-Tac Airport

Dept. of State: International Travel GuidanceUS Passport OperationsCOVID-19 FAQs

Concerns about employee travelBusiness Response Center

Hawaiian Islands: Travel RequirementsCOVID-19 State of Hawaii PortalMandatory State of HI Travel and Health FormPre-Travel Testing Required to Avoid 14-day Quarantine

The Healthy Washington Roadmap to Recovery regulations are different for each county including social gatherings. Check which activities are currently allowed in Benton and Franklin Counties.

Other Considerations:

  • Watch for symptoms and take your temperature daily. If you feel sick, call your provider and/or get tested
  • Wear a mask or face covering in public and shared spaces like hotel hallways and elevators
  • Stay six feet away from anyone outside your travel party
  • Keep a record of everywhere you go with dates and times. This information is important if you get sick so others can be made aware, if necessary.
  • When Washington residents return home, it is a good idea to limit contact with others and stay home as much as possible for 14 days.