What should I do when I return from overseas travel?
At this time, out of an abundance of caution, we are recommending that any travelers returning from countries with a Level 2 or Level 3 Travel Health Notice follow the voluntary self-quarantine and self-monitoring instructions listed below.
Based on CDC guidance, people who traveled to China, South Korea, Italy, and Iran in the past 14 days, who do not present with symptoms on re-entry, are asked to self-quarantine for 14 days upon their return home. Returning travelers must comply with all CDC directions and guidance received from authorities at the point of reentry to the U.S.
Please see the CDC Traveler’s Health website for up to date information on travel advisories and risk levels.
Self-quarantine (isolation of people who are healthy and exposed) instruction:
- Stay home (or other location approved by your local health department). This means do not go to school, work, public areas, or attend large gatherings. If you need medical care, call your health care provider. Call ahead before you go to your doctor’s office or to an emergency room. Tell them your symptoms and that you traveled to an area of the world experiencing a COVID-19 outbreak.
- Do not use public transportation, ride-sharing, or taxis.
- Postpone any travel. If travel is absolutely necessary, you need to coordinate with your local health department. If you travel and become ill, you may not be able to return home.
- Wash your hands often and practice good hygiene.
- As long as you feel healthy, you may leave the home (in a private vehicle) for a limited time to take care of routine and necessary activities, such as grocery shopping or visiting the pharmacy. Try to avoid busy times of day.
- Postpone all non-essential medical appointments until you are out of quarantine. If you have an essential appoint during the quarantine, please tell your local health department who will help coordinate the visit.
- Consider minimizing contact with people and animals in your home (stay in your own room and, if possible, use your own bathroom). Avoid sharing personal household items such as dishes, towels, and bedding.
- Measure your temperature twice a day. If you do not have a thermometer, or need instructions for using one, let your local public health department know.
- Watch for cough or difficulty breathing.