COVID-19 delta variant raises new considerations for today’s travelers
WALNUT CREEK – As summer comes to a close, travel volumes around Labor Day are projected to remain high. However, with a resurgence of COVID-19 cases attributed to the delta variant, AAA Northern California reminds travelers it’s important to stay informed and flexible as policies and guidelines continue to evolve.
“Ultimately, the decision to travel is a personal one that must be made by each individual and family. Overall, people who planned to travel continue to do so,” said Aldo Vazquez, spokesperson, AAA Northern California. “We encourage travelers to continue to take precautions to protect themselves and others.”
COVID-19 Delta Variant Travel Considerations
It’s important to consider the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance, which advises that fully vaccinated people can travel domestically with little risk. For unvaccinated people, they advise delaying travel. In addition, some destinations and travel providers may require proof of vaccination before traveling.
AAA Travel experts continue to provide information and tips for traveling safely, to help people make the decision that is right for them. This includes:
- Mask guidance. The CDC’s updated mask guidance advises people in areas with high COVID-19 transmission to wear masks indoors, regardless of vaccination status. Although some states and cities have updated mask requirements, masks are still required for public transportation.
- Road trips. Use the AAA COVID-19 Travel Restrictions Map to stay up to date on travel restrictions. AAA Northern California’s packing checklist is a resource to help travelers avoid forgetting important road trip items.
- Air travel. The Transportation Security Administration extended its mask mandate through Sept. 13. The federal rule overrides all state guidelines. AAA recommends travelers consider enrolling in TSA PreCheck, to help expedite your time through potentially crowded airports.
- International travel. All air passengers coming to the United States, including U.S. citizens and fully vaccinated people, are required to have a negative COVID-19 test result no more than 3 days before travel or documentation of recovery from COVID-19 in the past 3 months before they board a flight to the United States.
“Masks should be at the top of your packing list, since guidelines and requirements vary from place to place,” said Vazquez. “Also bring along disinfecting wipes, hand sanitizer and a thermometer to help protect and monitor your health.”
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