Travel Advisory and Guidance - LA County Department of Public Health

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Travel Advisory and Guidance

12/30/21: CDC has issued a Level 4 Travel Health Notice for cruise ship travelers. People should avoid cruise travel regardless of vaccination status. This reflects increases in cases onboard cruise ships since identification of the Omicron variant.


Updated January 18, 2022

Updates

  • Travel should be delayed for 10 full days after COVID-19 infection. Persons not exempt from quarantine should delay travel for 10 full days after their last close contact with the person infected with COVID-19.
  • All returning travelers who are not fully vaccinated should quarantine for 5 days.


COVID-19 remains a threat to our community. The very contagious Omicron variant is widespread in the United States and globally. Travelers should make sure that they are up to date with their COVID-19 vaccines, meaning fully vaccinated and received their booster dose, if eligible, prior to travel. Travelers should continue to take precautions to reduce the risk of COVID-19 such as masking, physical distancing, and hand hygiene. Help keep California and Los Angeles County open and our communities healthy by following the CDC travel guidelines and the following guidance.

When considering travel within or outside of California, Los Angeles County Department of Public Health asks that you do the following:

  • Do NOT travel if you or any of your traveling companions:
    • Are sick with symptoms of COVID-19
    • Tested positive for COVID-19 and have not ended isolation1
    • Have been in close contact to someone with COVID-19 and have not ended quarantine1,2
    • Are waiting for the results of a COVID-19 viral test.

    1If you have ended isolation or quarantine early (before 10 days), it is strongly recommended that you avoid travel for the full 10 days. You must also continue to wear a well-fitting mask, not eat or drink when around others, and monitor your health for the full 10 days. See Isolation and Quarantine Requirements.

    2If you are exempt from quarantine and have no symptoms, there are no travel restrictions. However, you must wear a well-fitting mask, not eat or drink when you are around others, and monitor your health for 10 full days after your last exposure to the person with COVID. See Isolation and Quarantine Requirements.

    For more details on when a person should not travel, see the CDC’s When Not to Travel guidance.
  • Delay travel until you and all of your traveling companions are fully vaccinated and boosted, if eligible.
    Booster doses are not required to travel, but they are strongly recommended if you are eligible.

    COVID-19 vaccines are widely available across LA County. See Get Vaccinated for more information.
  • Take extra precautions if you or any of your traveling companions are at high-risk of severe illness from COVID-19. Consider checking with your health care provider for more specific advice about travel based on your health and underlying medical conditions. If you haven’t already, be sure to get up to date with all of your COVID-19 vaccines.
  • Wear a high-quality face mask that fits snugly over the nose and mouth during travel. Masks are required when you are on a plane, train, public transit, and in any transportation hubs. Wear a mask any time you are indoors with people not in your travel group. Learn more about masks at ph.lacounty.gov/masks.

Domestic Travel

  • If you (or any of your traveling companions) are not fully vaccinated and you must travel, follow the guidance below and refer to the CDC domestic travel guidelines and CDC Safer Travel Tips for people who are not fully vaccinated for additional information:
    • Before travel, get a COVID-19 viral test* 1-3 days before travel and only proceed with travel if your test is negative. Best to take the test as close to travel as possible and to limit your exposures during the two weeks before travel.
    • After travel, get a viral COVID-19 test* 3-5 days after you return to California. You should quarantine for 5 days and monitor for symptoms for 10 days post travel.

      *Note: If you recovered from COVID-19 in the past 90 days, you do not need to test or quarantine as long as you are asymptomatic.

  • If you are fully vaccinated, follow the guidance below and refer to the CDC domestic travel guidance for fully vaccinated people for additional information.
    • Before travel, consider getting a COVID-19 viral test* 1-3 days before travel, especially if you have recently been in crowded spaces and/or you will be gathering with people from other parts of the country. Best to take the test as close to travel as possible and do not travel until you receive a negative result.
    • After travel, get a viral COVID-19 test* 3-5 days after you return to California. Monitor for symptoms for 10 days post travel.

      *Note: If you recovered from COVID-19 in the past 90 days, you do not need to test or quarantine as long as you are asymptomatic.

International Travel

International travel poses additional risks and even fully vaccinated travelers are at increased risk for getting and possibly spreading new COVID-19 variants.

All international air travelers must adhere to the following federal guidelines:

Prior to boarding a plane from a foreign country to the U.S.

  • All travelers* must get a COVID-19 viral test from a sample collected no more than 1 day before the flight’s departure.

    *Only the following people do not need to get a viral test: children under 2 years of age and people who have recovered from COVID-19 in the past 90 days and have appropriate “documentation of recovery”.

    See Requirement for Proof of Negative COVID-19 Test or Documentation of Recovery from COVID-19 for details.

  • All travelers must provide contact information to the airlines. This will be used to identify and contact people in the U.S. who may have been exposed to COVID-19 or other communicable disease.
  • All non-US citizens and non-US immigrants traveling to the U.S. by air must provide proof of full vaccination against COVID-19. Only limited exceptions apply. For more information about this requirement, visit CDC’s page for non-US citizen travelers.

After arriving in the U.S.

  • Get a COVID-19 viral test 3-5 days after travel regardless of vaccination status.
  • Self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms for 10 days. Isolate and get tested if you develop symptoms.
  • Quarantine if you are not fully vaccinated and have not recovered from COVID-19 in the past 90 days. You should self-quarantine for 5 full days after travel even if your test is negative. Self-quarantine at home or in your hotel room is required for non-fully vaccinated non-US citizens and non-US immigrants permitted to travel by air through an exception.

Note -- For non-US citizens and non-US immigrants who are not fully vaccinated and were permitted to travel by air through an exception: If you intend to stay in the US for 60 days or longer, you must become fully vaccinated against COVID-19 within 60 days of arriving in the U.S. or as soon as medically appropriate, unless you have a medical contraindication or are too young to be vaccinated.

Land Travel

For information about COVID-19 requirements for land travel, visit the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Fact Sheet: Guidance for Travelers to Enter the U.S. at Land Ports of Entry and Ferry Terminals.

Summary of Travel Recommendations and Requirements

Domestic Travel
Not Fully VaccinatedFully VaccinatedRecovered from COVID-19 within past 90 days
Get tested 1-3 days before leaving for travelConsider
Wear a mask and take other precautions during travel
Get tested 3-5 days after returning from travel
Quarantine upon return for 5 days
Self-monitor for symptoms for 10 days post travel
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/travel-during-covid19.html
https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CID/DCDC/Pages/COVID-19/Travel-Advisory.aspx



International Travel
Not Fully VaccinatedFully VaccinatedRecovered from COVID-19 within past 90 days
Get tested before travel (required before boarding a plane to the U.S.)
Neg test must be collected within 1 day of flight

Neg test must be collected within 1 day of flight.
No test required as long as appropriate proof of “documentation of recovery”
Wear a mask and take other precautions during travel
Get tested 3-5 days after returning to U.S.
Quarantine upon return for 5 days (required for non-fully vaccinated non-US citizens and non-US immigrants permitted to travel by air through an exception.)
Self-monitor for symptoms for 10 days post travel
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/international-travel/index.html


For the latest information, see CDC guidance on Travel During COVID-19:

For the latest travel information from the Mexican Government, see:



*Persons who have recently recovered from COVID-19. If you tested positive for COVID-19 with a viral test and recovered, you do not need to test or quarantine again for 90 days as long as you do not develop new symptoms of COVID-19. “Recovered” means you are no longer infectious (and have completed isolation). If you had symptoms with your most recent infection, the 90 days are from the start of your symptoms. If you never had symptoms, then the 90 days are from the date of collection of your first positive viral COVID-19 test.

Get Vaccinated.

To find a free COVID-19 vaccine near you, visit VaccinateLACounty.com and click on “How To Get Vaccinated” or call the Public Health Vaccine Call Center at 833-540-0473, open daily 8:00 am to 8:30 pm. No appointment is needed at many locations, and free transportation may be available. You do not need insurance, and you will not be asked about your immigration status. In-home vaccination is available for people who are home-bound.

To find flu vaccines near you, call your doctor or local pharmacy or call 2-1-1 LA County information line (you can ask for locations where flu vaccines are low cost or free). See “Where Can I get a Flu Immunization” for more information.

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