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Travel Guidelines for Memorial Day Weekend

Monday, May 24, 2021 8:36 AM

The first long weekend of the vaccination era is almost here.

As America reopens, it’s expected that approximately more than 37 million people are expected to travel over Memorial Day weekend. The number of people expected to travel 50 miles or more from home is 60% higher than last year, when only 23 million traveled, according to the AAA Memorial Day travel forecast.

As more people get the COVID-19 vaccine, more people are becoming comfortable in returning to society and traveling domestically or internationally.

Last year, travel restrictions were very different than they are now. If you are thinking about hitting the road for Memorial Day weekend, read these guidelines offered by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) first.

Traveling Memorial Day

Domestic Travel Recommendations for Fully Vaccinated People:

  • Delay travel until you are fully vaccinated. Fully vaccinated travelers are less likely to get and spread COVID-19.
  • Ask yourself, have I been fully vaccinated? People who are considered fully vaccinated are those who have waited 2 weeks after their second dose in a 2-dose series, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or 2 weeks after a single dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine.
  • People who are fully vaccinated with an FDA-authorized vaccine or a vaccine authorized for emergency use by the World Health Organization can travel safely within the United States:
    • Fully vaccinated travelers do not need to get tested before or after travel unless their destination requires it.
    • Fully vaccinated travelers do not need to self-quarantine.

Domestic Travel Recommendations for Unvaccinated People:

  • Do not travel if you were exposed to COVID-19, you are sick, you test positive for COVID-19, or you are waiting for test results of a COVID-19 test.
  • According to the CDC, if you are not fully vaccinated and must travel, take the following steps to protect yourself and others from COVID-19.


International Travel Recommendations for Vaccinated People:

  • Before you travel, make sure you understand and follow all airline and destination requirements related to travel, testing, or quarantine, which may differ from U.S. requirements.
  • Check your current COVID-19 situation in your destination.
  • Before you arrive back in the United States, all air passengers, including U.S. citizens and fully vaccinated people, are required to have a negative COVID-19 test result no more than 3 days before travel or documentation of recovery from COVID-19 in the past 3 months before they board a flight to the United States.
  • After travel, get tested with a viral test 3-5 days after travel.

International Travel Recommendations for Unvaccinated People:

  • The CDC recommends delaying international travel until you are able to get fully vaccinated. If you are not fully vaccinated and must travel, take the following precautions.