Travelers & Commuters

Traveler restrictions

Gov. Jay Inslee on March 19, 2021 rescinded his November 2020 Travel Advisory and is advising Washingtonians and others visiting Washington to comply with the Center for Disease Control’s current COVID-19 travel advisory guidance. That CDC guidance includes:

If you must travel, take steps to protect yourself and others:

  • If you are eligible, get fully vaccinated for COVID-19.
  • Before you travel, get tested with a viral test 1-3 days before your trip.
  • Wear a mask over your nose and mouth when in public.
  • Avoid crowds and stay at least 6 feet/2 meters (about 2 arm lengths) from anyone who did not travel with you.
  • Get tested 3-5 days after your trip and stay home and self-quarantine for a full 7 days after travel, even if your test is negative. If you don’t get tested, stay home and self-quarantine for 10 days after travel.
  • People fully vaccinated against COVID-19 can travel within the United States and do not need COVID-19 testing or post-travel self-quarantine as long as they continue to take precautions while traveling: wear a mask, avoid crowds and wash hands frequently. 

All air passengers coming to the United States, including U.S. citizens, are required to have a negative COVID-19 test result or documentation of recovery from COVID-19 before they board a flight to the United States. See the CDC’s Frequently Asked Questions for more information.

Masks are required on planes, buses, trains, and other forms of public transportation traveling into, within, or out of the United States and in U.S. transportation hubs such as airports and stations.

Visiting Washington or coming home?

Please observe the following precautions for the duration of your stay:

  • Visit the county status page to see which phase the county you’ll be visiting is currently in. Not all businesses or activities may be allowed. Observe all Safe Start restrictions and limit travel between counties.
  • Limit close contact to a small group of people and avoid large crowds.
  • Maintain a distance of six feet or more from people not in your travel party.
  • Wear a mask or face covering in public.
  • Watch for symptoms and take your temperature every day. If you feel sick, do not go out and contact a health provider to get tested.
  • Keep a record of the places you go with times and dates. If you get sick, this information is crucial for our efforts to help alert others to possible exposure risk.

The CDC also has advice on considerations for staying overnight or hosting overnight guests as well as tips for staying overnight or hosting overnight guests.

Use this CDC tool to check on COVID-19 restrictions in the state you're visiting. You might also want to confirm those restrictions on the local website, as well.

Other travel

  • Employers with concerns about employee travel can contact the state Business Response Center with questions.
  • Find advice for international travel at the Department of State.
  • Workers in the construction industry, traveling to Washington from a non-contiguous state, must either quarantine for 14-days OR obtain a COVID-19 test once they arrive and receive a negative result.

International travel

If you're planning to travel outside the U.S., be aware of COVID-19 international travel advisories and restrictions. Guidance on international travel changes as the virus situation develops. Check for the latest information before you travel.