Summer travel plans? Consider the risk

As we move firmly into summer, many people in Oregon are planning to travel. After such a long time without feeling safe about taking a vacation or visiting loved ones that live far, it’s exciting to imagine returning to our usual summer activities. It’s also important to consider safe choices for travel this summer.

Here are some things to consider when making plans to travel:

  • Follow all destination recommendations or requirements.
  • Monitor yourself for COVID-19 symptoms and get tested if you develop symptoms.

Are you fully vaccinated? Travel is low risk. Here’s what you need to know:

  • On public transportation and in some businesses, you will still be required to wear a face covering.
  • Bringing proof of vaccination might come in handy.

COVID-19 is still spreading rapidly in unvaccinated populations in the U.S. and other countries.

If you are unvaccinated, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends delaying travel until you are fully vaccinated. If you choose to travel here are some tips:

  • Consider having a test for the virus that causes COVID-19 before you travel.
  • Wear a face covering indoors or when within 6 feet of other people outdoors, especially around someone who is at increased risk for severe disease.
  • Avoid crowds and maintain at least 6 feet of physical distance from others.
  • Consider taking a car trip to limit contact with others from outside your household.

Getting vaccinated against COVID-19 is the best way to protect yourself from getting COVID-19.

If you are traveling with children who can’t get vaccinated at this time, it’s safest to follow recommendations for unvaccinated people. The CDC has travel tips for families who have unvaccinated children

You can read more about domestic travel and international travel on the CDC webpage.