Issue VI: Travel & COVID-19

UPDATED June 16, 2021

Part of our COVID-19 Consumer Protection Guide series.

California has officially reopened, lifting many pandemic restrictions which had previously been in-place. In this guide, we explore what kind of travel is now allowed, travel restrictions locally and statewide, and what to keep in mind when looking to make travel plans.

FAQs on Travel During COVID-19

Q. Are there any restrictions on interstate travel?

A. No, especially for fully vaccinated individuals. 

If you have not yet been vaccinated, the CDC still recommends delaying travel until you have been fully vaccinated. Even if you are fully vaccinated, masks are still required on planes, trains, buses, and other forms of public transportation.

If you need to travel and have not yet been vaccinated, the CDC recommends getting tested 1-3 days before your trip, getting tested 3-5 days after coming home, and self-quarantining for 7 full days after travel. 

Q. Are there any restrictions on international travel?

A. It depends on your destination

Even for fully vaccinated individuals, international travel poses an increased risk due to potential exposure to variants of COVID-19. Check with your country of destination regarding current restrictions and guidance.

All air passengers coming to the United States, including U.S. citizens and fully vaccinated people, are required to have a negative COVID-19 test result no more than 3 days before travel or documentation of recovery from COVID-19 in the past 3 months before they board a flight to the United States.

If you are not fully vaccinated, the CDC recommends that you do not travel internationally.

Q. Do I still need to wear a mask when traveling?

A. Yes. Masks are still mandated on public transportation, even for those who are fully vaccinated.

Trains, buses, airports, and airlines still require that masks be worn at all times when traveling. For specific rules regarding mask policy, check with your train operator, bus line, airline, or airport.

Q. I found a great deal on a rental car. Is it too good to be true?

A. Probably.

With California officially reopened and more Americans traveling, rental car availability is at an all-time low and prices have gone way up. If you find a good deal on a rental car, it might be a scam. Be sure to do your research before booking a rental car with a company you aren’t familiar with.

If you spot a rental car scam, tell the FTC at

This guide is intended for informational purposes only and does not provide legal advice.