Traveling During COVID-19

To view the WA Department of Health's travel restrictions, click here

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Traveler restrictions

CDC recommends delaying travel until you are fully vaccinated, because travel increases your chance of getting and spreading COVID-19. If you are not fully vaccinated and must travel, follow CDC’s recommendations for unvaccinated people.

CDC will update these recommendations as more people are vaccinated, as rates of COVID-19 change, and as additional scientific evidence becomes available.

This guidance applies to travel within the United States and U.S. territories.

Visiting Washington or coming home?

On June 30, 2021, Washington state fully reopened and all industry sectors previously covered by the Roadmap to Recovery Phased Reopening (with limited exceptions for large indoor events) returned to usual capacity and operations. This does not include masking, which will continue under current guidance. Click here to view our Face Coverings page.

Please observe the following precautions for the duration of your stay, especially if you are not vaccinated or have a compromised immune system: 

  • Limit close contact to a small group of people and avoid large crowds.
  • Maintain a distance of six feet or more from people not in your travel party.
  • Wear a mask or face covering in public.
  • Watch for symptoms and take your temperature every day. If you feel sick, do not go out and contact a health provider to get tested.
  • Keep a record of the places you go with times and dates. If you get sick, this information is crucial for our efforts to help alert others to possible exposure risk.

The CDC also has advice on considerations for staying overnight or hosting overnight guests as well as tips for staying overnight or hosting overnight guests.

Use this CDC tool to check on COVID-19 restrictions in the state you're visiting. You might also want to confirm those restrictions on the local website, as well.

Other travel    

  • Employers with concerns about employee travel can contact the state Business Response Center with questions.   
  • Find advice for international travel at the Department of State.
  • Workers in the construction industry, traveling to Washington from a non-contiguous state, must either quarantine for 14-days OR obtain a COVID-19 test once they arrive and receive a negative result.

International travel

If you're planning to travel outside the U.S., be aware of COVID-19 international travel advisories and restrictions. Guidance on international travel changes as the virus situation develops. Check for the latest information before you travel.

More travel information

For more travel links, visit this website.