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Stay Safe When Traveling

 
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Traveling

In order to protect yourself, your family, and your community, we urge you not to travel. More than 16,000 cases have been directly tied to out-of-state travel since the outset of this pandemic, and our nearest neighbors—North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, and Wisconsin—are experiencing some of the highest nationwide per capita increases in COVID-19 cases. Each case starts a new chain of spread that can lead to many more cases indirectly tied to your personal trip. It is simply not a good time for out-of-state travel that is anything short of essential.

All unnecessary travel is strongly discouraged, particularly to another state or country. Anyone arriving in Minnesota from other states or countries, including returning Minnesota residents, should self-quarantine for 14 days. (In some situations, your quarantine more be shortened. 

Read more about quarantine on Close Contacts and Tracing: COVID-19.)

Considerations before traveling

If you must travel, think about:

  • How quickly COVID-19 is spreading where you are going and in your local community?

  • Whether you, someone you are traveling with, or anyone you will be in close contact with during your travel could get very sick from COVID-19.

  • How easy or difficult it will be to keep 6 feet between people?

  • How easy or difficult it will be to self-quarantine for 14 days when you return home?

  • Whether you would be able to miss work, school, or other activities if you or a member of your household becomes sick?

  • If the community you are going to has any special requirements or recommendations for people traveling there. 

For more tips and things to consider when traveling, see CDC’s Considerations for Travelers – Coronavirus in the U.S.

Safety while traveling

  • Get tested and lay low before you go. Do not travel if your results are positive or if you have any symptoms.

  • Clean your hands often with soap and water or hand sanitizer, especially if you use shared amenities or equipment.

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth.

  • Keep 6 feet of space between yourself and others.

  • Wear a mask.

  • Only have people from the same household in vehicles, hotel rooms, and other small spaces.

  • Cover coughs and sneezes.

  • Bring enough of your medications to last the entire trip.

  • Consider packing food or picking up food from the store, drive-throughs, or curbside pickup.

Quarantine after returning to Minnesota

Everyone arriving in Minnesota, including returning Minnesota residents, should self-quarantine for 14 days either alone or with immediate household members only. Keep in mind that those you interact with during this 14-day period are at higher risk of becoming infected––be careful not to come into contact with anyone who could get very sick if you transmit COVID-19 to them, for examples, those with underlying medical conditions or those over 65.

Students coming home to Minnesota for school breaks should plan to quarantine ahead of travel, after arriving in Minnesota, and again when returning to campus. Please visit the MDH Institutes of Higher Education website for a full list of recommendations for students.

Those who must cross state or country borders for work, study, medical care, or personal safety and security do not need to quarantine.

More travel information

Please visit the CDC for information about travel and COVID-19.

Visit Close Contacts and Tracing: COVID-19 to learn more about your options for quarantine.

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