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Travel Guidance

WARNING: Travel increases your chance of getting and spreading COVID-19. Delay travel until you are fully vaccinated.

CDC Order: Travelers are required to wear masks while on public transportation and while indoors at U.S. transportation hubs such as airports and stations.

All travelers coming into the United States, including U.S. citizens, are required to have a negative COVID-19 test result or documentation of recovery from COVID-19 before they board a flight to the United States.

This page was updated 01/11/2022

For a PDF file of the travel guidance shown below updated 01/11/2022:    PDF Download

Are You Up-To-Date With Your Vaccines?

  • Everyone 5 years and older is recommended to receive a primary series of a COVID-19 vaccine to be considered fully vaccinated.
    • For children 5 years through 17 years of age, a primary series consists of 2 doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine.
    • For persons 18 and older, a primary series consists of:
      • A 2-dose series of an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine (Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna), or
      • A single-dose COVID-19 vaccine (Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine)

CDC recommends that people remain up to date with their vaccines, which includes additional doses for individuals who are immunocompromised or booster doses at regular time points. Individuals who are moderately or severely immunocompromised should get an additional primary shot and a booster shot.

Domestic Travel Recommendations

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

Make sure to plan ahead:

  • Check the current COVID-19 situation at your destination.
  • Make sure you understand and follow all state, local, and territorial travel restrictions, including mask wearing, proof of vaccination, testing, or quarantine requirements.
    • For up-to-date information and travel guidance, check the state or territorial and local health department’s website where you are, along your route, and where you are going.
  • If traveling by air, check if your airline requires any testing, vaccination, or other documents.
  • Prepare to be flexible during your trip as restrictions and policies may change during your travel.
Domestic Travel Recommendations and Requirements Unvaccinated Traveler Fully Vaccinated Traveler
  • Get tested with a viral test 1-3 days before your trip.
Yes -
  • During Travel
    • Wear a mask over your nose and mouth.
    • Avoid crowds and stay at least 6 feet (about 2 arms lengths) from anyone who is not traveling with you.
    • Wash you hands often or use hand sanitizer (with at least 60% alcohol).
Yes Yes
  • In areas with high numbers of COVID-19 cases, consider wearing a mask in crowded outdoor settings and for activities with close contact with others who are not fully vaccinated.
Yes Yes
  • Get Tested with a viral test 3-5 days after travel.
Yes -
  • Stay home and self-quarantine for a full 5 days after travel.
Yes -
Yes Yes

An individual does NOT need to get tested or self-quarantine if you have recovered from COVID-19 in the past 90 days. You should still follow all other travel recommendations. If you develop COVID-19 symptoms after travel, isolate and consult with a healthcare provider for testing recommendations.

 

International Travel Recommendations

The COVID-19 situation, including the spread of new or concerning variants differs from country to country, and even fully vaccinated travelers need to pay close attention to the situation at their destination before traveling.

International Travel
Recommendations and Requirements
Unvaccinated Traveler Fully Vaccinated Traveler
  • Get tested with a viral test 1-3 days before your trip.
Yes -
  • During Travel
    • Wear a mask over your nose and mouth.
    • Avoid crowds and stay at least 6 feet (about 2 arms lengths) from anyone who is not traveling with you.
    • Wash you hands often or use hand sanitizer (with at least 60% alcohol).
Yes Yes
  • Mandatory test required before flying to the U.S.
    • Show a negative COVID-19 test result taken no more than 1 day before travel (regardless of vaccination status or citizenship).
Yes Yes
  • Get Tested with a viral test 3-5 days after travel
Yes Yes
  • Stay home and self-quarantine for a full 5 days after travel.
Yes -
  • Self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms for 14 days after travel. Isolate and get tested if you develop symptoms.
Yes Yes

Individuals who have recovered from a documented COVID-19 infection within the past 90 days (regardless of vaccination status), you do NOT need to get a test 3-5 days after travel.  People can continue to test positive for up to 90 days after diagnosis and not be infectious to others. You also do not need to self-quarantine after travel. If you develop COVID-19 symptoms after travel, isolate and consult with a healthcare provider for testing recommendations.

 

Guiding Principles

  • Response to the COVID-19 pandemic is constantly evolving based on the available information and local, national, and international disease activity.
  • As Winnebago County and the State of Illinois entered Phase 5 of the Restore Illinois Plan on June 11, 2021, consistent use of prevention strategies will help reduce the spread of COVID-19 and protect people who are not fully vaccinated.
  • It is anticipated that community residents will travel for business and/or leisure and/or have visitors from outside of Winnebago County throughout the course of the pandemic and will need information to make informed choices on their risk of exposure and potential implications of contracting COVID-19.
  • Winnebago County Health Department has developed these guidelines to assist the community in assessing their risk and taking the appropriate actions.
  • This guidance does not apply to individuals who reside in a neighboring state and work in Winnebago County.
  • Employers in Winnebago County should obtain information from their employees regarding travel plans to provide appropriate guidance on recommendations for quarantine upon return to prevent the exposure and spread of COVID-19 within their settings.
  • Employers should modify existent and/or develop Human Resource policies to establish guidelines for best practices during the pandemic and communicate these policies to their employees.
  • During travel, you may have been exposed to COVID-19. You may feel well and not have any symptoms, but you can still spread the virus to others. You and your travel companions (including children) may pose a risk to your family, friends, and community after your travel.
  • Travel guidelines will be reviewed on a weekly basis and revised accordingly based on the infection rates throughout the country, state, and region.
  • Everyone 5 years of age and older is eligible to get a COVID-19 vaccination.
  • Based on the guidance from the Illinois Department of Public Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, COVID-19 booster shots are available for everyone 12 years and older:
    • Pfizer and Moderna boosters will be given to those who have completed their first series at least 5 months prior
    • Johnson & Johnson will be given to everyone who received J&J at least 2 months prior
  • To maximize protection from the Omicron variant and prevent possibly spreading it to others, wear a mask indoors in public if you are in an area of substantial or high transmission.
  • It is recommended that you bring a copy of your COVID-19 vaccination records while traveling.

 

CDC Order

  •  As of January 26, 2021, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued an order requiring all air passengers arriving to the U.S. from a foreign country to get tested
    • CDC amended its October 25, 2021 Order, titled, “Requirement for Proof of Negative COVID-19 Test or Recovery from COVID-19 for All Air Passengers Arriving in the United States.
      • This amendment updates COVID-19 testing requirements for air passengers 2 years or older boarding a flight to the United States.
        • Required to show a negative COVID-19 viral test result taken no more than 1 day before travel, or
        • Present documentation of having recovered from COVID-19 in the past 90 days AND
        • A letter from a licensed healthcare provider or a public health official stating that you were cleared to travel.
  • As of January 29, 2021, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued an order requiring the wearing of masks by travelers.
    • Order must be followed by all passengers on public conveyances (e.g., airplanes, ships, ferries, trains, subways, buses, taxis, ride-shares) traveling into, within, or out of the United States
    • People must wear masks that cover both the mouth and nose when awaiting, boarding, traveling on, or disembarking public conveyances.
    • People must also wear masks when entering or on the premises of a transportation hub in the United States.
    • On June 10, 2021, CDC announced that, until it can amend the January 29, 2021, Order, it will exercise its enforcement discretion regarding certain aspects of the Order to not require that people wear masks while outdoors on conveyances or while outdoors on the premises of transportation hubs.

 

For general questions about COVID-19, please call the Illinois Department of Public Health at 1-800-889-3931 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.