Important update: Healthcare facilities
CDC has updated select ways to operate healthcare systems effectively in response to COVID-19 vaccination. Learn more
To maximize protection from the Delta variant and prevent possibly spreading it to others, get vaccinated as soon as you can and wear a mask indoors in public if you are in an area of substantial or high transmission.
UPDATE
Given new evidence on the B.1.617.2 (Delta) variant, CDC has updated the guidance for fully vaccinated people. CDC recommends universal indoor masking for all teachers, staff, students, and visitors to K-12 schools, regardless of vaccination status. Children should return to full-time in-person learning in the fall with layered prevention strategies in place.
UPDATE
The White House announced that vaccines will be required for international travelers coming into the United States, with an effective date of November 8, 2021. For purposes of entry into the United States, vaccines accepted will include FDA approved or authorized and WHO Emergency Use Listing vaccines. More information is available here.
UPDATE
Travel requirements to enter the United States are changing, starting November 8, 2021. More information is available here.

Air Travel Toolkit for Airline Partners

Air Travel Toolkit for Airline Partners

CDC created this communication toolkit for our airline partners to help them reach their travelers and employees with COVID-19 prevention messaging.

This toolkit provides messages, graphics and products to:

  • Support timely messaging to travelers and employees.
  • Share CDC resources with airline partners.
  • Help airline partners develop additional COVID-19 materials.

Airline partners can also access other CDC communication resources for specific audiences in our Communication Resources page, which includes resources specific to travelers.

Sample Communications with Air Passengers

This letter can be used to inform passengers of their requirements for boarding a flight to the United States.

Sample Email to Travelers

[NOTE: When using the email on or after Nov 8, replace “are changing” to “have changed” throughout.]

Subject: Travel Requirements to enter the U.S. by air

Hello,

Thank you for booking your flight with [insert name of air operator].

On October 25, CDC issued several Orders affecting air travel to the United States from foreign countries, in accordance with the President’s Proclamationexternal icon. The new travel policies are effective November 8, 2021.

COVID-19 testing requirements are changing for ALL air passengers. Passengers 2 years of age or older who are not fully vaccinated against COVID-19 must show a negative COVID-19 viral test conducted on a sample taken no more than 1 day before boarding their flight. Fully vaccinated passengers must show a negative COVID-19 viral test conducted on a sample taken no more than 3 days before boarding their flight, and they must show proof they have been fully vaccinated according to CDC requirements to qualify for the 3-day window. For more information about this requirement, see Requirement for Proof of Negative COVID-19 Test or Documentation of Recovery from COVID-19.

There are also proof of vaccination requirements for non-U.S. citizens, non-U.S. immigrants traveling to the United States by air. For more information about this requirement and a list of exceptions, please see Requirement for Proof of COVID-19 Vaccination for Air Passengers.

Additionally, all air passengers to the United States will also be required to provide contact information to airlines within 72 hours before boarding a flight to the United States.

CDC released a Travel Requirements Quiz to help you determine whether you are eligible to fly to the United States based on your citizenship and vaccination status. Before you travel internationally, find out how these changes impact your travel plans. To learn more about CDC’s new Orders and travel requirements, visit International Travel.

For more information, please visit the following webpages:

Public Service Announcements (PSAs)

Sample Social Media

All social media content is ready for dissemination.

Please remember to use #COVID19 when tweeting out any Coronavirus Disease 2019 related content.

Prevent COVID-19 During Air Travel
Facebook Sample Message

If you are traveling on an airplane, take steps to help prevent COVID-19. Avoid close contact with others, wear a mask, and wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.  See FAQs for Travelers: https://bit.ly/3fauXgJ

Twitter Sample Message

If you #travel on an airplane, help prevent #COVID19. Avoid close contact with others, wear a mask & wash your hands often with soap & water for at least 20 seconds or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol: https://bit.ly/3fauXgJ

Mask Requirement
Facebook Sample Message

Traveling on public transportation (such as airplanes, ships, ferries, trains, subways, buses, taxis, and ride-shares) can make getting and spreading COVID-19 more likely. CDC requires everyone to wear a mask while using public transportation into, within, or out of the United States and while indoors at US transportation hubs (airports; seaports; train, subway, and bus stations, and other terminals). Learn more about reducing your risk while traveling: https://bit.ly/3m68x2Rexternal icon

Twitter Sample Message

Planning #travel? Because of the #COVID19 pandemic, masks are still required inside public transportation traveling into, within, or out of the United States and U.S. public transportation hubs. Find out more about the requirement here: https://bit.ly/3m68x2Rexternal icon

International Travel

Posts can go live on November 8, 2021.

Facebook Sample Message

COVID-19 testing requirements for air passengers traveling to the United States have changed. Before you travel internationally, find out how these changes impact your travel plans. Learn more: https://www.cdc.gov/travelrequirements

Twitter Sample Message

#COVID19 testing requirements for air passengers traveling to the United States have changed. Before you #travel internationally, find out how these changes impact your travel plans. Learn more: https://www.cdc.gov/travelrequirements


Facebook Sample Message

Travel requirements for certain foreign nationals traveling to the United States by air have changed, including requirements for testing and vaccination. To learn more about the requirements, visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/noncitizens-US-air-travel.html

Twitter Sample Message

Travel requirements for certain foreign nationals traveling to the United States by air have changed, including requirements for testing and vaccination. To learn more about the requirements, visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/noncitizens-US-air-travel.html #CDC #Travel #COVID19


Facebook Sample Message

Travel requirements changed November 8th for all air passengers traveling to the United States. Find out what you need to do to board a flight to the United States: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/international-travel/travel-assessment/index.html

Twitter Sample Message

#Travel requirements changed November 8th for all air passengers traveling to the United States. Find out what you need to do to board a flight to the United States https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/international-travel/travel-assessment/index.html #CDC #Travel #COVID19


Posts can go live before or after November 8, 2021.

Facebook Sample Message

Regardless of your vaccination status, you should get tested 3-5 days after international travel to slow the spread of COVID-19 and new variants. For more international travel recommendations, visit: https://bit.ly/39Az04X

Twitter Sample Message

Regardless of your vaccination status, you should get tested 3-5 days after international #travel to #SlowTheSpread of #COVID19 and new variants. For more international travel recommendations, visit: https://bit.ly/39Az04X

Electronic Messaging for Airport Kiosks

Global Health Alert: Covid-19, Protect others from getting sick.

Travel Health Alerts

CDC’s public health messaging system offers up-to-date messages to travelers at specific airports, seaports, and land borders where most international travelers enter or leave the United States.

This is the latest information posted by CDC, in partnership with US Customs and Border Protection (CBP), the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and other port-of-entry partners.

Travel Health Alert: Video

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Testing Travel Health Alert

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Key Times to Keep your Distance at the Airport

Key Times to Keep Your Distance at the Airport

Keep your distance at the airport while waiting in lines and while waiting for luggage.

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Print Resources

Requirements to Travel to the U.S. by Air: Quick Reference

Learn what is required before traveling to the United States from a foreign country by air.

International Travel- Requirement for Proof of Negative COVID-19 Test

This poster reminds air travelers that they must show their negative test result or documentation of having recovered from COVID-19 to the airline before boarding the flight back to the United States.

Stop the Spread of Germs During Travel

This prevention poster reminds travelers to prevent the spread of COVID-19 by staying at least 6 feet from other people at the airport, especially while waiting in lines and while waiting for luggage; wearing a mask throughout your trip; and washing your hands often.

Stop the Spread of Germs Poster

This prevention poster reminds travelers and others to prevent the spread of COVID-19 by staying at least 6 feet from other people; covering your cough or sneeze; wearing a mask in public; not touching your eyes, nose, and mouth; and washing your hands with soap and water.  Download for printing using the links below:

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Wash your hands!

This prevention posters shows travelers steps they can take for proper handwashing to prevent the spread of germs. Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.

Size: 8.5”W x 11”H

How to Protect Yourself and Others

Protect yourself and others from COVID-19 by learning how it spreads and taking everyday preventive actions.

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