Can I travel?

The short answer is, no. The U.S. federal government has advised avoiding all discretionary travel, and some states, cities, and localities have gone even further, issuing “shelter-in-place” orders.

Travel planned for any time over the next several months will almost certainly be impacted. The U.S. State Department has issued its highest travel warning, advising citizens not to travel abroad. There has been a massive reduction in domestic travel, and the Trump administration is considering a possible ban. Around the world, major landmarks and museums are shut down, festivals and sporting events are canceled or postponed, and restaurants and bars are either closed or barred from offering anything other than takeout and delivery. Starbucks has even removed seating from many locations.

For trips scheduled in the near future, it’s best to get a refund or reschedule. And avoid planning trips any time soon to be on the safe side. Because of how rapidly the COVID-19 pandemic is evolving, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is updating its travel recommendations frequently.

I’ve been traveling. What will happen when I get back?

You may be screened when arriving in the U.S. if you’re returning from abroad. If you’ve traveled to a growing list of countries, the CDC says to stay at home for 14 days, monitor your health, and practice social distancing.

Keep up-to-date 

The following resources can help keep you up-to-date on travel advisories, restrictions, and COVID-19 cases around the world: 

  Travel planned for any time over the next several months will almost certainly be impacted by the global COVID-19 pandemic.
Travel planned for any time over the next several months will almost certainly be impacted by the global COVID-19 pandemic.