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Travel information related to COVID-19

Information about Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) for travelers

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Travel to Massachusetts

Beginning March 27, all travelers arriving to Massachusetts are instructed to self-quarantine for 14 days. This guidance will be displayed as posters at service plazas along 1-90 eastbound, distributed as flyers at major transportation hubs and on posted on highway message boards. Visitors are instructed not to travel to Massachusetts if they are displaying symptoms. Health care workers, public health workers, public safety workers, transportation workers and designated essential workers are exempt from this requirement.

International travel advisories

On March 16, due to ongoing community transmission of COVID-19 occurring globally, the CDC issued an updated Travel Health Alert for all United States residents, instructing all travelers to stay home and monitor their health and practice social distancing for 14 days after returning to the US.

On March 19, the U.S. Department of State built upon their previous guidance and issued an updated travel advisory, instructing all U.S. residents to avoid international travel, and advised residents currently abroad to prepare to shelter in place. Americans living abroad have also been advised to remain there.

On March 27, all travelers arriving to Massachusetts were instructed to self-quarantine for 14 days. In addition, visitors were instructed not to travel to Massachusetts if they are displaying symptoms. Health care workers, public health workers, public safety workers, transportation workers and designated essential workers are exempt from this requirement. View the press release.

Massport has posted a Traveler Advisory with the latest travel updates for passengers: Massport Traveler Advisory Regarding COVID-19

Travel insurance information

The Division of Insurance is directing travelers to guidance from the National Association of Insurance Commissioners related to information about travel insurance and COVID-19: Travel Insurance Information.

School group travel information

In response to the CDC's Travel Health Alert on March 4, Governor Charlie Baker and Massachusetts HHS Secretary Marylou Sudders urged all Massachusetts schools including elementary and secondary schools and colleges and universities to cancel upcoming, organized international trips at this time. Out of an abundance of caution, all schools have been advised to cancel all upcoming organized international travel for the foreseeable future.

Travel information for Executive Branch employees

On March 17, Governor Baker announced further precautionary measures for Executive Branch employees in order to prevent and mitigate the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), which built on his initial directive issues on March 10. Effective until April 3, at which time it will be revisited, all Executive Branch employees with the capacity to do so will continue to work remotely, and those who are not performing core functions and cannot work remotely will be contacted by their managers to determine alternative work assignments.

Previous guidance included discontinuing all out-of-state work-related travel, canceling or virtually holding conferences, seminars, and other discretionary gatherings, informing employees not to attend external work-related conferences, seminars, or events, reminding employees feeling sick with fever or flu symptoms to not come into work, and encouraging high risk employees to talk with their supervisors to review possible alternative work assignments.

General COVID-19 travel information

See DPH's COVID-19 Guidance and Recommendations for current information for local boards of health, schools, clinicians, and other audiences.

Someone's risk for COVID-19 is closely tied to their recent travel history, and the travel histories of their immediate contacts — specifically, travel to areas with community transmission of COVID-19 or close contact with a person confirmed to have COVID-19. Relevant travel history is being updated on the CDC website: Coronavirus Disease 2019 Information for Travel.

One of the most important messages for us to remember is that someone’s nationality alone is not a risk factor for COVID-19.

Those who have recently traveled to any countries of high level transmission and who have symptoms of respiratory illness and/or fever should contact their healthcare provider. Individuals who have come into close contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19 should contact their healthcare provider or call 211.

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