Travel Guidance

IDPH Travel Advisory Map

 

COVID-19 cases and deaths have been reported in all 50 states across the U.S. and in over 200 countries across the globe.  Because travel increases your chances of getting infected and spreading COVID-19, discerning potential travel plans with care is an important way to protect yourself and others from getting sick.

When you must travel away from your local community, keep informed about the current COVID-19 status of a potential destination and keep your family safe by avoiding travel to places of higher risk. Because of the risks associated with travel to places that have higher case rates and varied adherence to prevention measures, regular travel can increase your risk for exposure. When you do travel, practice the 3 W’s every time you are away from home and in close proximity to other groups of people. Wear a face covering.  Wash your hands with soap and water.  Watch your physical distance, staying at least 6 feet from others.  Because COVID-19 is spreading in the United States and abroad, the CDC recommends that everyone wear a cloth face covering over their nose and mouth when in public, including during travel. Cloth face coverings may slow the spread of COVID-19 by helping keep people who are infected from spreading the virus to others.

Traveling Domestically

When traveling domestically, avoid travel to areas of higher risk (IDPH Travel Advisory Map). Wear a mask while in the airport, during the flight, and during any shared transit.  If your essential travel requires you to be in areas of higher risk, attempt to travel during less crowded / lower demand travel times in order to reduce exposure.  Upon returning home, stay home if possible and monitor your health for 14 days.  Symptoms to monitor for include fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, and/or diarrhea.  Learn more at Domestic Travel During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Traveling Internationally

Considering International Travel?  Learn more about testing requirements starting January 26.​​​​

When traveling internationally, avoid travel to areas of higher risk (CDC COVID-19 Travel Recommendations by Destination). Wear a mask while in the airport, during the flight, and during any shared transit.  If your essential travel requires you to be in areas of higher risk, attempt to travel during less crowded / lower demand travel times in order to reduce exposure.  Upon returning home, stay home if possible and monitor your health for 14 days.  Symptoms to monitor for include fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, and/or diarrhea. Learn more at After You Travel Internationally.

Recreational Travel to Another State

Practice the 3 W’s from the time you leave your home and throughout your trip.  Avoid travel to areas of higher risk.  If you do travel to areas of higher risk, stay home if possible after returning and monitor your health for 14 days in order to protect the health and safety of yourself, as well as others.  Symptoms to monitor for include fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, and/or diarrhea.  Remember that all travel, even travel to another state can increase your risk of exposure. CDC reminds us that when driving, making stops along the way for gas, food, or bathroom breaks can put you in close contact with other people. Safety information for various modes of transportation can be found on the CDC website Protect Yourself When Using Transportation.

Work Commute to Another State

Commuting to work in another state can increase your risk of exposure, especially when traveling to states with higher case rates.  Commuting may bring you in contact with areas of poor adherence to public health prevention practices and increase your risk of infections.  Practice the 3 W’s from the time you leave your home and throughout your commute.  Consider working remotely when possible. If work requires you to travel regularly to another state, continuously monitor your health for symptoms of fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, and/or diarrhea.  See CDC’s website What To Do If You Get Sick.

 

 

 

Traveling safely begins with wise planning before you leave your home, planning for each stop / terminal along the way, and includes self-monitoring upon your return home.

COVID-19 testing is available widely across Illinois.  For more information, please visit: http://dph.illinois.gov/testing.