December 21st was the official start of the Winter season. This time of year usually means traveling to see loved ones to spread holiday cheer! However, due to the recent fluctuations of the delta and omicron variants there is still a risk of getting and spreading COVID-19 whether you are traveling locally or internationally.

If you decide to travel, be aware of the risks and safety precautions you should follow.

  • Keep yourself in the know… by checking the case count before you leave. If there’s a spike in the area you are traveling to, you should be aware to make the best decision for you and your family.
  • Wear a mask…The CDC recommends that you carry a backup mask in case.
  • Avoid crowds… Do your best to maintain an appropriate social distance from those who do not reside in your household.
  • Wash your hands… frequently! Washing your hands remains the most effective way to avoid illness.
  • Avoid touching frequently touched surfaces…If they cannot be avoided, wash your hands immediately after or use a bit of hand sanitizer.
  • Don’t travel if you’re sick … or have been around someone with COVID-19 in the past 14 days. Also, don’t travel with someone who is sick.


Wear well-fitting masks over your nose and mouth if you are in public indoor settings and you are not fully vaccinated.

Here are some helpful hints on masks, testing, and symptomology

  • Everyone, even people who are fully vaccinated, is required to wear a mask on public transportation and follow international travel recommendations. Do NOT put a mask on children younger than 2 years old.
  • If you are sick or have symptoms, don’t host, or attend a gathering.
  • Testing can give you information about your risk of spreading COVID-19. If you are considering traveling for a holiday or event, visit CDC’s Travel page to help you decide what is best for you and your family. CDC still recommends delaying travel until you are fully vaccinated.
  • If you are not fully vaccinated and must travel, follow CDC’s domestic travel or international travel recommendations for unvaccinated people.


“International Travel.” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2021,