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Considerations before you travel

Travel increases your chances of getting and spreading COVID-19. Before you travel, learn how coronavirus is spreading in your local area and in any of the places you are going. Traveling to visit family and friends may be especially dangerous if you or your loved ones are more likely to get very ill from COVID-19. People at higher risk for severe illness need to take extra precautions.

Travel increases your chances of getting and spreading COVID-19. We don’t know if one type of travel is safer than others; however, airports, bus stations, train stations, and rest stops are all places travelers can be exposed to the virus in the air and on surfaces. These are also places where it can be hard to physical distance (keep 6 feet apart from other people).

Before traveling think about:

  • Is COVID-19 spreading where you're going?
  • Is COVID-19 spreading in your community?
  • Will you or those you are traveling with be within 6 feet of others during or after your trip?
  • Are you or those you are traveling with more likely to get very ill from COVID-19?
  • Do you live with someone who is more likely to get very ill from COVID-19?
  • Does your destination have requirements or restrictions for travelers?
  • If you get sick with COVID-19, will you have to miss school or work?

Current travel recommendations

Travel within the United States

  • Protect yourself and others during your trip:
    • Clean your hands often.
      • Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after you have been in a public place, after touching surfaces frequently touched by others, after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing, and before touching your face or eating.
      • If soap and water are not available, bring and use hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub your hands together until they feel dry.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth.
    • Avoid close contact with others.
      • Keep 6 feet of physical distance from others.
    • Wear a cloth face covering in public.
    • Cover coughs and sneezes.
    • Pick up food at drive-thrus, curbside restaurant service, or stores.

Considerations for Types of Travel

Travel increases your chances of getting and spreading COVID-19. We don’t know if one type of travel is safer than others; however, airports, bus stations, train stations, and rest stops are all places travelers can be exposed to the virus in the air and on surfaces. These are also places where it can be hard to keep 6 feet apart from other people.

Type of Travel Potential Risks for Getting or Spreading COVID-19
Air travel Air travel requires spending time in security lines and airport terminals, which can bring you in close contact with other people and frequently touched surfaces. Most viruses and other germs do not spread easily on flights because of how air circulates and is filtered on airplanes. However, social distancing is difficult on crowded flights, and you may have to sit near others (within 6 feet), sometimes for hours. This may increase your risk for exposure to the virus that causes COVID-19.
Bus or train travel Traveling on buses and trains for any length of time can involve sitting or standing within 6 feet of others.
Car travel Making stops along the way for gas, food, or bathroom breaks can put you and your traveling companions in close contact with other people and surfaces.
RV travel You may have to stop less often for food or bathroom breaks, but RV travel typically means staying at RV parks overnight and getting gas and supplies at other public places. These stops may put you and those with you in the RV in close contact with others.

Visitors to Colorado

If you are visiting Colorado, start showing symptoms (fever, cough, shortness of breath) and believe you have been exposed to COVID-19:

  • Stay inside your lodging/residence except to get medical care (see below).
    • People who are mildly ill with COVID-19 may be able to isolate at their lodging/residence during their illness.
  • Avoid public areas.
  • Avoid public transportation including buses, taxis, and rideshares
  • Separate yourself from other people.
    • As much as possible, stay in a specific room and away from other people. Use a separate bathroom if available.
  • If you need medical attention, CALL a hospital, urgent care, or other health care facility ahead BEFORE going in. Tell them your symptoms. This will help the health care provider take steps to keep other people from getting infected or exposed.
  • If you are having a medical emergency, call 911 and tell the dispatcher your symptoms.

After You Travel

You may have been exposed to COVID-19 on your travels. You may feel well and not have any symptoms, but you can be contagious without symptoms and spread the virus to others. You and your travel companions (including children) pose a risk to your family, friends, and community for 14 days after you were exposed to the virus. Regardless of where you traveled or what you did during your trip, take these actions to protect others from getting sick after you return:

  • When around others, stay at least 6 feet (about 2 arms’ length) from other people who are not from your household. It is important to do this everywhere, both indoors and outdoors.
  • Wear a mask to keep your nose and mouth covered when you are outside of your home.
  • Wash your hands often or use hand sanitizer (with at least 60% alcohol).
  • Watch your health and look for symptoms of COVID-19. Take your temperature if you feel sick.

Currently, there is not a statewide or local requirement to quarantine for 14 days when traveling to or returning from travel to Larimer County. 

For more information and recommendations for travel

Visit the CDC Travel website for more information and recommendations on travel while COVID threatens our community.