COVID-19 Guidance for Travelers
We here at ADH want to keep you informed regarding the novel coronavirus. Specifically, we want to inform you about considerations for travelers.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is providing guidance for travelers. They have established criteria to identify geographic risk. CDC is issuing travel health notices for areas with COVID-19 transmission. To view an interactive map with COVID-19 specific health information click here.
Travelers Returning from Countries with Ongoing Transmission
The Arkansas Department of Health (ADH) is monitoring Arkansans with any possible exposure to COVID-19. Depending on travel history, some returning travelers may be placed under self home quarantine for 14 days. If symptoms of COVID-19 do not develop prior to the last date of quarantine, these people will be free to resume their normal activities, including school or work.
If you have traveled to a country with a CDC travel advisory of Level 2 or higher within the last 14 days, please call ADH at 1-800-803-7847.
Given increased community spread in the US, consider self home quarantine for 14 days upon your return to Arkansas to protect your family and community.
Considerations for Travel Within US
Cases of COVID-19 have been reported in many states, with some areas experiencing community spread. Crowded locations, like airports, may increase your chances of getting COVID-19.
If COVID-19 is spreading at your travel destination, you are more likely to get infected if you travel than if you stay home. To view an updated map of states reporting cases of COVID-19 to the CDC, click here.
Depending on your circumstances, you may choose to delay or cancel your plans. If you decide to travel, be sure to take steps to prevent getting or spreading COVID-19.
CDC has a webpage with additional guidelines on COVID-19 for travelers and travel related industries. Learn more about CDC recommendations regarding nonessential travel, travelers returning from high risk countries, business travel and air or cruise travel by clicking here.
Global case numbers are reported by the World Health Organization (WHO) in their coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) situation report. For U.S. information, visit CDC’s COVID-19 webpage. This following location list is found here.