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. Since then, executive orders have been issued to gradually ease restrictions.

The full text of all executive orders 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,  difficulty breathing, chills, shaking chills, headache, muscle aches, sore throat or new onset loss of taste or smell. 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, chills, shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat) stay home to prevent spreading illness to others! Even those with mild illness could pass the infection to others.

If you have traveled or if you are thinking of traveling within the U.S., check the appropriate state recommendations and mandates before travel and understand how to travel safely and take the most precautions possible.  Practice social distancing.  Wear a mask.  Wash your hands frequently.  Avoid large groups of people. Get tested if possible before you go.  Follow all precautions when you return.

Yes.  Since COVID-19 activity is widespread in multiple states, it is recommended that travelers wear a cloth face covering during travel.  Other important infection prevention and control measures include:

  • 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 before travel.

See CDC Recommendation Regarding the Use of Cloth Face Coverings here.

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 last reviewed: June 29, 2020