U.S. Travelers

The situation in the U.S. is rapidly evolving. Sustained community transmission of COVID-19 is occurring in multiple locations throughout the United States.

Current considerations for domestic travelers are posted on the CDC’s Coronavirus and Travel in the United States page. Additionally, on March 29, the CDC issued a Domestic Travel Advisory for New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut. The CDC urges residents of New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut to refrain from non-essential domestic travel for 14 days effective immediately. This Domestic Travel Advisory does not apply to employees of critical infrastructure industries, including but not limited to trucking, public health professionals, financial services, and food supply.

On March 30, 2020, Governor Northam issued a statewide temporary Stay at Home order for all Virginians. This Executive Order (Number 55) directs all Virginians to stay home except in extremely limited circumstances. Individuals may leave their residence for allowable travel, including to seek medical attention, work, care for family or household members, obtain goods and services like groceries, prescriptions, and others as outlined in Executive Order Fifty-Three, and engage in outdoor activity with strict social distancing requirements. The executive order takes effect immediately and will remain in place until June 10, 2020, unless amended or rescinded by a further executive order. The full text of Executive Order 55 can be found here.

 

Those who need to travel within the U.S. should practice enhanced precautions, including:

  • Avoid all non-essential travel.
  • Avoid contact with sick people.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Clean your hands often by washing them with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at 60%–95% alcohol. Soap and water should be used if hands are visibly dirty.
  • It is especially important to clean hands after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after coughing, sneezing or blowing your nose.
  • Pay attention to your health during travel and for 14 days after you leave.

Those with underlying risk factors for serious illness should consult with their healthcare provider.

For the most up to date information on COVID-19 in the U.S., visit CDC’s website on cases in the U.S.

Returning travelers should stay home as much as possible for 14 days after travel, monitor their health and call their healthcare provider if they become sick with fever, cough, or difficulty breathing. The healthcare provider will determine if testing for COVID-19 is indicated and may consult with your local health department if needed.

It is very important that people with even mild signs of illness (fever, cough, shortness of breath) stay home to prevent spreading illness to others! Even those with mild illness could pass the infection to others.

CDC does not recommend travelers wear facemasks to protect themselves from COVID-19. You may choose to wear a mask, but it is more important that you take these steps:

  • Avoid all non-essential travel and stay at home as much as possible.
  • Avoid close contact with sick people.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning product.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains 60%–95% alcohol.
  • Those with underlying risk factors for serious illness should consult with their healthcare provider.

At this time, there are no restrictions on US travelers who can enter Virginia.  It is important to note that everyone should be practicing infection prevention measures.

See How can I avoid getting COVID-19 in theDisease Prevention section.

 

Page updated: April 6, 2020