On March 19, Governor Inslee rescinded the travel advisory he issued last November and advised Washingtonians to refer to the CDC’s COVID-19 travel advisory guidance.
The Governor didn’t rescind his travel advisory because it’s safe to travel now. Governor Inslee said he deferred to the CDC’s travel guidance because this guidance is “more robust, thorough, and specific than my November 2020 travel advisory,” according to the Governor’s March 19 statement.
Travel increases your chance of getting and spreading COVID-19, and because of this, the CDC still advises against travel at this time, even if you are vaccinated. The CDC’s travel guidance reflects the latest science, the most updated safety protocols, and the most current COVID-19 status both here and abroad.
That said, if you must travel, there are some important questions to ask yourself before you go, and some important steps to take if you do.
If you’re thinking about traveling outside the state or country ask yourself the following questions before you go:
The CDC advises that you delay your travel plans if you answer “yes” to any of the above questions. Refer to CDC’s travel guidance for more information.
Protect Yourself and Others
If you’ve answered “no” to all of the questions above and have decided that you can’t delay your travel plans, take the following steps to protect yourself, the people you visit, and the people at home once you return:
Do not travel if you were exposed to COVID-19, you are sick, or you test positive for COVID-19. Don’t travel with someone who is sick.
If you plan to travel internationally, the CDC requires you to have a negative COVID-19 test or documentation that proves you’ve fully recovered from COVID-19 before you will be allowed to board a flight back to the United States. Properly fitted masks are required on all forms of public transportation within or outside the U.S., including planes, buses, and trains, as well as in transportation hubs such as airports or train stations.
To find out about COVID-19 restrictions in the areas you plan to visit, check out the CDC Travel Planner.