When Will it be Safe to Travel Again?

For many of us, life post-COVID-19 lockdown has felt… different. As New Jersey continues to reopen, we’re continually adapting to new norms - wearing masks in public, avoiding large gatherings, and generally shrinking our daily activities to the smaller bubbles of our hometowns. Many people have cancelled vacations and postponed or entirely rescheduled large events like weddings until 2021 or beyond.

If your travel bug persists or you anticipate venturing out-of-state or country, you may be wondering when travel will feel less like a daunting, risky adventure and more like, well, an exciting or relaxing vacation.

U.S. states vary in travel mandates and restrictions. In New Jersey, many out-of-staters looking to enjoy the shore are advised to quarantine for 14 days upon arrival before hitting the boardwalk. In states like Hawaii and Alaska, out-of-staters must show a negative COVID-19 test result or self-quarantine for 14 days.

Before making plans to travel to another country, it’s important to research possible current travel restrictions imposed on U.S. citizens. Not only that, but you should research the spread of COVID-19 in the country you plan to visit. Where would you turn to if you come down with COVID-19 while overseas?

The CDC acknowledges that if you’re going to make plans to travel, “travel increases your chance of getting and spreading COVID-19.” Plan accordingly.

As we continue to adapt to the repercussions of a global pandemic, advice on travel will likely become clearer. For now, the CDC says “staying home is the best way to protect yourself and others from COVID-19.” For more information visit: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/travel-during-covid19.html


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