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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

Transportation Security Administration plans to extend the federal government’s public and mass transportation face mask requirement for another month, until April 18, 2022. The policy will be reexamined between now and then, and the CDC will work with government agencies to decide on any further revisions.

Traveling on public transportation increases a person’s risk of getting and spreading COVID-19 by bringing people in close contact with others, often for prolonged periods, and exposing them to frequently touched surfaces. Air travel often requires spending time in security lines and busy airport terminals. Travel by bus, train, and other conveyances used for international, interstate, or intrastate transportation poses similar challenges. Staying 6 feet away from others is often difficult on public transportation conveyances. People may not be able to distance themselves by the recommended minimum of 6 feet from other people seated nearby or from those standing in or passing through the aisles on airplanes, trains, or buses.

Travel contributes to interstate and international spread of COVID-19. Wearing masks that completely cover the mouth and nose reduces the spread of COVID-19. People who never develop symptoms (asymptomatic) or are not yet showing symptoms (pre-symptomatic) might not know that they are infected but can still spread COVID-19 to others. Masks also offer protection to the wearer.

On January 29, 2021, CDC issued an Order that required face masks to be worn by all people while on public transportation (which included all passengers and all personnel operating conveyances) traveling into, within, or out of the United States and U.S. territories. The Order also required all people to wear masks while at transportation hubs (e.g., airports, bus or ferry terminals, train and subway stations, seaports, U.S. ports of entry, and other locations where people board public transportation in the United States and U.S. territories), including both indoor and outdoor areas.

Do NOT travel if…

  • You are sick, even if you recovered from COVID-19 within the past 90 days or are up to date with your COVID-19 vaccines.
  • You tested positive for COVID-19.
  • Do not travel until a full 10 days after your symptoms started or the date your positive test was taken if you had no symptoms.
  • You are waiting for results of a COVID-19 test.
  • You had close contact with a person with COVID-19 and are recommended to quarantine.
    • Do not travel until a full 5 days after your last close contact with the person with COVID-19. It is best to avoid travel for a full 10 days after your last exposure.
    • If you must travel during days 6 through 10 after your last exposure:
      • Get testedat least 5 days after your last close contact. Make sure your test result is negative and you remain without symptoms before traveling. If you don’t get tested, avoid travel until a full 10 days after your last close contact with a person with COVID-19.
      • Properly wear a well-fitting maskwhen you are around others for the entire duration of travel during days 6 through 10. If you are unable to wear a mask, you should not travel during days 6 through 10.

If you had close contact with a person with COVID-19 but are NOT recommended to quarantine

  •  Get tested at least 5 days after your last close contact. Make sure your test result is negative and you remain without symptoms before traveling.
    • If you had confirmed COVID-19 within the past 90 days, you do NOT need to get tested, but you should still follow all other recommendations (including if you develop COVID-19 symptoms).
    • If you travel during the 10 days after your last exposure, properly wear a well-fitting mask when you are around others for the entire duration of travel during the 10 days. If you are unable to wear a mask, you should not travel during the 10 days.

Domestic Travel

    • Delay travel until you are up to date with your COVID-19 vaccines.
    • Check your destination’s COVID-19 situation before traveling. State, tribal, local, and territorial governments may have travel restrictions in place.
    • Wearing a mask over your nose and mouth is required in indoor areas of public transportation (including airplanes) and indoors in U.S. transportation hubs (including airports).
    • Do not travel if you are sick, tested positive for COVID-19 and haven’t ended isolation, had close contact with a person with COVID-19 and haven’t ended quarantine, or are waiting for results of a COVID-19 test.
    • If you are not up to date with your COVID-19 vaccines and must travel, get tested both before and after your trip.

You do NOT need to get tested or self-quarantine if you are up to date or have recovered from COVID-19 in the past 3 months. You should still follow all other travel recommendations.

If you are not fully vaccinated and must travel, take the following steps to protect yourself and others from COVID-19:

    • Get tested before you travel.
      • Get a viral test as close to the time of departure as possible (no more than 3 days) before you travel.
      • Isolate if you test positive or develop COVID-19 symptoms.
    • Follow additional recommendations before, during, and after travel.

International Travel 

Travel requirements have changed.  Please visit CDC site for the most updated information. 

Make sure to plan ahead:

  • Follow all airline requirements as well as any requirements at your destination, including mask wearing, proof of vaccination, testing, or quarantine.
  • Requirements for travelers in other countries may differ from U.S. requirements. If you do not follow your destination’s requirements, you may be denied entry and required to return to 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

CDC: Cruise Ship Travel

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

Concerns about employee travelBusiness Response Center

Hawaiian Islands: At the end of the day, March 25, 2022, the Safe Travels Hawaii program(link is external) will conclude. Beginning March 26, 2022, there will be no COVID-related requirements for arriving domestic passengers. Indoor mask mandate will remain in place statewide. Travelers arriving in Hawaii directly from international airports must still comply with U.S. federal requirements(link is external); consult with your airline.

Requirements prior to March 25, 2022

Travel Requirements; Mandatory State of HI Travel and Health FormPre-Travel Testing Required to Avoid 14-day Quarantine