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COVID-19 Testing and Travel Requirements

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Know Before You Go

Check if your destination requires quarantine or testing. Testing options are available for those who need it for other destinations or other requirements; Please do not travel if you have symptoms or feel ill.

Current Requirements

Washington state does not require COVID-19 testing for any inbound or outbound domestic travel. Please refer to the city, county, and state's information and guidelines for more specific quarantine and testing requirements. Quarantine requirements for travelers with some exemptions for negative COVID-19 tests prior to arrival.

Face Masks Optional, but Recommended by CDC

TSA no longer requires face masks on public transportation and in transportation hubs like SEA Airport. Masks are optional, but the CDC recommends that people over the age of two properly wear a well-fitting mask or respirator over the nose and mouth in indoor areas of public transportation (such as airplanes, trains, buses, ferries) and transportation hubs (such as airports, stations, and seaports).

When people properly wear a well-fitting mask or respirator, they protect themselves and those around them, and help keep travel and public transportation safer for everyone. Wearing a well-fitting mask or respirator is most beneficial in crowded or poorly ventilated locations, such as airport jetways. CDC also encourages operators of public transportation and transportation hubs to support mask wearing by all people. Please check with your airline and destination for more information on masking requirements.

International Travel Requirements

Entry to the Country

With specific exceptions, noncitizens who have been in certain countries during the past 14 days may not enter the United States as immigrants. For more information, visit Travelers Prohibited from Entry to the United States. Please coordinate with the embassy for more information specific to your citizenship and other personal information and view the International COVID-19 Travel Regulations Map for specific information by country.

The Department of State advises all U.S. citizens to read the country-specific Travel Advisories and U.S. Embassy COVID-19 pages for updates on the impact of COVID-19 worldwide. For emergency assistance, contact the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate or call the following numbers: 1 (888) 407-4747 (toll-free in the United States and Canada) or 1 (202) 501-4444 from other countries or jurisdictions.

Testing and Vaccination Requirements for Traveling to the United States

Before Arriving to the United States

Effective June 12, 2022:  The CDC no longer requires air passengers traveling from a foreign country to the United States to show a negative COVID-19 viral test or documentation of recovery from COVID-19 before they board their flight. For more information, see Rescission: Requirement for Negative Pre-Departure COVID-19 Test Result or Documentation of Recovery from COVID-19 for all Airline or Other Aircraft Passengers Arriving into the United States from Any Foreign Country.

After Arrival in the United States

If you might have been exposed to COVID-19 on your travels you might feel well and not have any symptoms, but you can still be infected and spread the virus to others. For this reason, CDC recommends the following:

Recommended for All Travelers:

Recommended for not Fully Vaccinated Travelers:

In addition to the testing recommendations above: Stay home and self-quarantine for a full 7 days after travel, even if you test negative at 3-5 days. If you don’t get tested, stay home and self-quarantine for 10 days after travel

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