As of January 26, the US government is requiring all air travelers arriving in the United States from other countries to get tested for COVID-19 no more than 3 days before their flight departs and to present the negative test result or documentation showing that the individual has recovered from COVID-19 to the airline before boarding the flight. Air passengers will also be required to confirm that the information they present is true by signing an attestation. This order applies to all passengers 2 years of age or older, whether or not they are US citizens.
The Florida Department of Health has issued a public health advisory, as follows:
- Residents and visitors are advised to wear face coverings if social distancing is not possible, both indoors and outdoors.
- Avoid closed spaces, crowded places and close-contact settings.
Travel increases your chance of getting and spreading COVID-19. Don’t travel if you are sick or if you have been around someone with COVID-19 in the past 14 days. Don’t travel with someone who is sick.
Florida is one of the top travel destinations in the world. State parks, hotels and attractions are taking precautions to protect guests, but you should assess your risk and that of your family’s prior to traveling.
You can get COVID-19 during your travels. You may feel well and not have any symptoms, but you can still spread COVID-19 to others. You and your travel companions (including children) may spread COVID-19 to other people including your family, friends, and community for 14 days after you were exposed to the virus.
Traveling to Florida
For information about rules in place for state parks, restaurants, and other facilities check Plan for Florida’s Recovery.
Essential Travel (outside your local area)
Some travel may be essential, like:
- Travel to provide medical or home care to others.
- Travel necessary for a job considered an essential service.
See the latest information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Before You Travel
Before you travel, consider the following:
- Is COVID-19 spreading at your destination?
The more cases at your destination, the more likely you are to get infected during travel and spread the virus to others when you return.
- Do you live with someone who might be at increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19?
If you get infected while traveling, you can spread the virus to loved ones when you return, even if you don’t have symptoms.
- Are you at increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19?
Anyone can get very ill from the virus that causes COVID-19, but older adults and people of any age with certain underlying medical conditions are at increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19.
- Does your destination have requirements or restrictions for travelers?
Some state, local, and territorial governments have requirements, such as requiring people to wear masks and requiring those who recently traveled to stay home for up to 14 days. Check state, territorial, tribal and local public health websites for information before you travel. If you are traveling internationally, check the destination’s Office of Foreign Affairs or Ministry of Health or the US Department of State, Bureau of Consular Affairs, Country Information pageexternal icon for details about entry requirements and restrictions for arriving travelers, such as mandatory testing or quarantine.
If You Travel
During your trip, take steps to protect yourself and others from COVID-19:
- Wear a mask to keep your nose and mouth covered when in public settings.
- Avoid close contact by staying at least 6 feet apart (about 2 arms’ length) from anyone who is not from your household.
- Wash your hands often or use hand sanitizer (with at least 60% alcohol).
- Avoid contact with anyone who is sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
After returning from your trip, CDC advises travelers to get tested 3-5 days after returning home. If you don’t get tested, stay home for 10 days after travel and avoid being around people who are at increased risk for severe illness for 14 days, whether you get tested or not.
New CDC guidelines allow for quarantine to end after Day 7 if you test negative so long as the test is taken on Day 5 or after, and if no symptoms occur during 14 days of monitoring.
See the latest COVID-19 map on travel recommendations by country from the CDC.
Cruise Ship Travel
On October 30, 2020, CDC issued a Framework for Conditional Sailing Order for cruise ships operating or seeking to operate in U.S. waters. This Order introduces a phased approach for resuming passenger cruises. Passenger operations continue to be suspended during the initial phases of this Order. The initial phase requires crew screening to determine the prevalence of COVID-19 among all crew members currently on cruise ships.
CDC still recommends avoiding any travel on cruise ships, including river cruises, worldwide. That’s because the risk of COVID-19 on cruise ships is still high. Older adults and people with an increased risk of severe illness should especially avoid travel on cruise ships, including river cruises.
Passengers who decide to travel are advised to get tested 3-5 days after returning from a trip. If you don’t get tested, stay home for 10 days after travel and avoid being around people who are at increased risk for severe illness for 14 days, whether you get tested or not.
CDC guidelines allow isolation (quarantine) to end after Day 10 without testing and if no symptoms occur during 14 days of monitoring. CDC guidelines allow for isolation to end after Day 7 if you get tested on Day 5 or after and test negative, and if no symptoms occur during 14 days of monitoring.
In order to slow the spread of COVID-19, many countries have implemented strict screening procedures that deny port entry rights to ships and prevent passengers from disembarking.
Related Outreach Materials
Domestic Travel: The COVID-19 outbreak in United States is a rapidly evolving situation. The status of the outbreak varies by location and state and local authorities are updating their guidance frequently. The White House’s Opening Up America Again plan means some parts of the country may have different guidance than other areas. Check with the state or local authorities where you are, along your route, and at your planned destination to learn about local circumstances and any restrictions that may be in place.
International Travel: The Department of State advises U.S. citizens to avoid all international travel due to the global impact of COVID-19. In countries where commercial travel options remain available, U.S. citizens should arrange for immediate return to the United States, unless they are prepared to remain abroad for an indefinite length of time. For more information, visit the Department of State website.
For more detailed information: https://floridahealthcovid19.gov/travelers/
Travel increases your chances of getting and spreading COVID-19. Traveling may be especially dangerous if you or who you are visiting are high-risk for contracting COVID-19. People at higher risk for severe illness need to take extra precautions. Visit the CDC’s website for more.
Visit Gov. DeSantis’ Reopening Plan for more information on traveling: https://floridahealthcovid19.gov/plan-for-floridas-recovery/