0

Travel Advisory for Connecticut During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Report by Paula Antolini, April 23, 2021, 4:25PM EDT

As of March 19, 2021, Governor Lamont’s Executive Order No.9S, Section 1 regarding travel is no longer in effect.

Connecticut residents and travelers to Connecticut should follow travel-related guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Connecticut Department of Public Health (CT DPH). Mandates and requirements are not currently in place in Connecticut.

Overview

Prior to traveling outside of your local community, consider that travel increases your chance of getting and spreading COVID-19.

Travelers should review CDC’s travel guidance when planning travel outside of their local community. Know your travel risk. Do not travel if you are sick, are considered infectious after testing positive for COVID-19, or should be quarantining after exposure to a person with COVID-19.
 

Know Your Travel Risk

Different modes of transportation, lodging, dining, and activities during travel carry different levels of risk of exposure to COVID-19. CDC’s “Know Your Travel Risk” guidance helps travelers understand their risk during travel. Activities listed under “Even Less Safe” and “Least Safe” should be avoided when possible.
 

Domestic Travel for Fully Vaccinated Persons

As of April 2, 2021, CDC has updated their travel guidance; since fully vaccinated travelers are less likely to contract and spread COVID-19, they can travel safely within the United States.

Fully vaccinated persons, meaning persons who are at least 14 days or more after the last dose of their vaccine series, can travel within the United States and do not have to test before or after travel (unless their destination requires it) and do not have to quarantine after travel.

Fully vaccinated persons should still:

  • Wear a mask over their nose and mouth
  • Stay 6 feet from others and avoid crowds
  • Wash hands often or use hand sanitizer

Domestic Travel for Non-Vaccinated Persons

Before Travel

  • Plan ahead and check if your airline or destination requires testing, health information, or other documentation.
  • Some destinations require a viral test 1-3 days prior to travel. Visit the Connecticut Testing Locator or call 211 to locate a testing site.
  • Keep a copy of your test results with you during travel in case you are asked for them.
  • Anyone who develops signs/symptoms of COVID-19 prior to travel should stay home and get tested.

After Travel

  • Review CDC guidance for post-travel quarantine and testing
  • Get tested 3-5 days after travel AND self-quarantine at home for a full 7 days after travel.
    • Continue to stay home and self-quarantine for a full 7 days after travel, even if your test is negative.
    • If your test is positive, isolate yourself to protect others from getting infected.
  • If you do not get tested, stay home and self-quarantine for a full 10 days after travel.
  • Remember to self-monitor for signs and symptoms of COVID-19 while in quarantine. If at any time during your quarantine you develop signs and symptoms of COVID-19, self-isolate (including away from other members of your travel party), contact a healthcare provider, and seek testing.

International Travel

  • All air passengers (regardless of vaccination status) arriving to 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.
  • More information on the international travel requirement here.

Returning to Essential Work On-Site After Travel

Certain workers (including healthcare personnel, emergency personnel, and other essential critical infrastructure workers) may not always be able to self-quarantine after travel. In those instances, essential workers should take precautions to protect others after travel: wear a well-fitting mask, wash hands or use alcohol-based hand rub frequently, physically distance from others as much as possible, and if eligible, get fully vaccinated for COVID-19.

###