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COVID-19: Travel

Whether you're traveling throughout the state or across the globe, take steps to prevent getting and spreading COVID-19. Remember, the best way to protect yourself from getting severely ill with COVID-19 is to stay up to date on all COVID-19 vaccines and booster doses.

Beginning January 5, 2023, there are new COVID-19 testing requirements for all travelers 2 years and older flying into the United States from China, Hong Kong, or Macau, and travelers who have been in those areas in the past 10 days and are flying into the United States from certain airports.

Diagnosed with COVID-19? Do not travel. Isolate and wear a well-fitting mask if you must be around others.

 Exposed to COVID-19 or still need to wear a mask after finishing isolation? Do not use public transportation such as a plane, bus, or train if you will not be able to wear a well-fitting mask for the duration of your trip.

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Before you travel

  • Make sure you are up to date with your COVID-19 vaccines and booster doses.
  • Consider getting tested as close to the time of your departure as possible (ideally no more than three days before travel). There may be costs associated with getting pre-travel testing.
  • Understand and follow all travel requirements of your airline (if you are flying) and destination including mask-wearing, proof of vaccination, and testing requirements. Travelers flying into the United States from certain countries may need to show a negative COVID-19 test result or documentation of recovery from COVID-19 before boarding their flight to the United States.
  • Be prepared to cancel or postpone your trip in the event you are exposed, develop symptoms, or test positive for COVID-19.

During your trip

  • Follow CDC's (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's) guidance for wearing masks on public transportation, such as planes, buses, and trains. 
  • Continue taking steps to protect yourself, such as washing your hands frequently, avoiding being around people who are sick, and wearing masks in areas with high COVID-19 Community Levels.
  • Follow all requirements of your destination (including mask-wearing, proof of vaccination, and testing requirements).
  • If traveling within the United States, follow the guidance for your destination's COVID-19 Community Level.

After you travel

  • Watch for symptoms of COVID-19.
  • Get tested three to five days after arrival, especially if you were in crowded places and didn't wear a well-fitting mask.
  • If you will be around someone at higher risk of getting severely sick with COVID-19, consider taking extra steps to protect them such as wearing a mask or keeping your distance from them if possible.


While planning your trip, visit the CDC website for guidance and recommendations.

Get tested

You may need to be tested before or after you travel.

There are many ways to get tested for COVID-19 in Wisconsin.

Learn more on testing.

Last revised January 3, 2023