Is it safe to travel yet?

As vaccinations are in full swing and as COVID-19 cases seem to be headed in the right direction, a lot of people are wondering how safe it is to travel like we did before the pandemic began.


Like much around the coronavirus, the answer is unclear. According to a PredictHQ study, more than half of people polled said they still feel unsafe getting on plane, but over a third said they’d feel safe getting on a flight if they were vaccinated.


The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) still counsels Americans to avoid travel unless it’s absolutely necessary. But if you need to get away, here are a few tips to keep in mind:


·       Wait until you’re fully vaccinated for COVID-19 – wait two weeks after your second dose to make sure you’re fully protected.

·       Get a viral test 1 to 3 days before you travel, make sure you test negative and keep a copy of your results in case you’re asked to show proof.

·       Check travel restrictions in the state or country you’re travelling to — you may still be required to quarantine or be tested wherever you’re headed.

·       Continue to wear a mask in public, including on planes, buses or trains.

·       Continue to avoid crowds and stay 6 feet away from anyone you didn’t travel with.

·       Continue cleaning your hands often or use hand sanitizer.

·       Continue avoiding touching your face.

·       Be prepared to get tested when you return and self-quarantine for a full 7 days.


If you’re not sure, it’s a good idea to check out the websites of official tourism boards and government websites — like the CDC — or ask your trusted travel advisor, who are probably more up to date with what’s safe and what requirements are for different destinations than anyone. You can also consult the Coronavirus Reopening America Map and the Covid Risk Assessment Planning Tool to help you gauge the risks. You’ll also find more helpful answers to your questions here.


Have you travelled during the pandemic or are you planning to soon? Share what you know with the Shop Talk community – the more information we all know, the safer we’ll all be!


Did you know? Is air travel safe?


Yes and no. Because of how air circulates on airplanes, most viruses don’t spread that easily. That’s the good news. The not-so-good news is that it’s hard to socially distance on a flight and flying requires a lot of time in security lines and surrounded by other people. (Source)

56 thoughts on “Is it safe to travel yet?

  1. My husband and I traveled to Mexico’s Plya Del Carmen for a week June 1th to the 19th 2021. We felt very safe we both have been vaccinated. In the airports and on the plane you need to wear a mask covering your mouth and nose if you do not comply you can not fly. Mexico is following all Covid 19 protocols they are vaccinating as quickly as they can get the shots. USA should send the vaccine that the idiots do not want to use to Mexico. We felt safe thru our whole trip which we enjoyed tremendously. You cannot spend your life in fear of what may happen be careful and enjoy.

  2. I didn’t feel safe yet but when a love one can’t defend self and no one there to help it’s family that matters and so safe or not I will travel to make sure family safe

    1. I agree. I don’t believe that traveling is safe at all. There’s too many people who are still not vaccinated yet. I think that people should resume travel yet.

  3. It was safe to fly from Denver to Boston. I am fully vaccinated. I tested negative for Covid 19 this afternoon. Yea!
    Plan is to fly from Boston to Lisbon, then to the Azores.

  4. My wife and I hope to take a road trip to the New England states, leaving around the 7th or 8th of July. We are fully vaccinated more than a month ago. Hopefully things will open up before that.

  5. I am fully vaccinated I have been for about a month and I took a vacation to Key West with my wife in April my state is going to be wide open this weekend.

  6. personally I do not feel safe traveling yet and I’m not sure when I will feel safe.

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