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Tips for traveling abroad during the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic

Now the world has started receiving a vaccine against the Corona pandemic (Covid 19), but it takes time to vaccinate the whole world.

Until that happens, continue to take precautions to protect yourself and others when traveling. You will be less likely to get and spread COVID-19 if you fully vaccinate, but international travel increases your chance of contracting new mutated strains of COVID-19. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends avoiding travel until the full vaccination when possible.

before traveling:

Did you receive the covid 19 vaccine? Get vaccinated when you can. If the vaccine requires two doses, delay your travel for two weeks after getting the second dose. Your body takes time to build up immunity after any vaccination, and you can travel safely within the United States.

Are you one of the groups most at risk of developing severe disease? Anyone can get COVID-19, but older adults and people with certain medical conditions of all ages are more likely than others to get severely ill with COVID-19.

Do you live with someone from the groups most vulnerable to severe illness? If you become infected while traveling, you may pass the virus on to people you live with when you return, even if you don't have symptoms.

Are there restrictions or requirements for travelers at your destination? Even if you receive the full vaccine, you must follow federal instructions about testing and travel, as well as those specific to your region or state.

Be aware of local and international instructions, restrictions and conditions:

Some local and regional governments have certain requirements, such as requiring people to wear masks or get tested and requiring those who have recently returned from travel to stay at home for up to 14 days. To avoid delays and unpleasant surprises, check for any restrictions in the area to which you will be traveling and at any stops on the way.

Keep in mind that travel restrictions may change quickly depending on local conditions. It is also important to keep in mind that the epidemiological situation of COVID-19 varies from country to country, such as the level of prevalence and the presence of mutated strains. So check back as you get closer to your flight for the latest information.

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Stay healthy while traveling:

You should wear a mask while you are on planes, buses, trains and other public transportation, even if you have been fully vaccinated. The mask should fit your face well and cover your mouth and nose.

If you haven't had the COVID-19 vaccine, take the following steps to protect yourself and others when traveling:

- Keep 6 feet (2 meters) between you and others as much as possible.
- Avoid contact with any patient.
- Minimize touching frequently touched surfaces, such as handrails, elevator buttons and touch devices in stores. If you have to touch these surfaces, use hand sanitizer or wash your hands afterward.
- Wear a mask in indoor and outdoor public places where the risk of COVID-19 transmission is high, such as crowded events or large gatherings. Additional instructions regarding masks vary depending on whether or not you have been vaccinated.
- Avoid touching the eyes, nose and mouth.
- Cover your nose and mouth when coughing and sneezing.
- Clean your hands frequently. This is especially important after going to the bathroom, before eating, and after coughing, sneezing or blowing your nose.
- Hands should be washed frequently with soap and water, and the washing time should not be less than 20 seconds.
- If soap and water are not available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Let the alcohol sanitizer cover all areas of your hands, and rub your hands until the sanitizer feels dry.
- Refrain from eating and drinking while using public transportation. This way, you can continue to wear the mask all the time.

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