Travel Testing and Quarantining

Updated 12.10.21

Fully vaccinated individuals - You are not required to quarantine upon return from domestic or international travel, regardless of your travel destination. It is recommended that you get tested 3-5 days after your return home, and that you self-isolate if you develop any symptoms before you get tested or while you await your test results.

Individuals who are not fully vaccinated – You should quarantine upon return from domestic or international travel. It is recommended that you test for COVID-19 3-5 days after your return; even if you test negative, you should remain in quarantine for 7 full days. If you do not test upon your return, you should quarantine for 10 days.

Travel Quarantine Guidelines 

  • If possible, get tested before you leave the airport with a rapid test. If negative, test again in 3 - 5 days.
  • Quarantine for 7 days (even if you are negative). If you do not get tested, quarantine for 10 days.
  • Watch for symptoms for 14 days. If you develop symptoms, self-isolate and get tested
    right away. For additional information, click here.
  • If you test positive, isolate for 10 days and contact the COVID Support Team. Follow isolation instructions here.

The L.A. County Travel Advisory & Guidance now requires that all travelers, regardless of vaccination status, departing on flights from foreign countries to the United States present proof of a negative viral test taken 1 day prior to the departure of the flight to the United States. This change shortens the testing window for fully vaccinated travelers from 3 days to 1 day prior to entering the U.S.

Even if not required by the airline or your destination, all travelers should now consider getting a COVID-19 viral test 1-3 days before departure from Los Angeles, and only proceed with travel if your test is negative.

To learn about requirements for testing prior to your departure, health safety travel tips, and other guidelines regarding travel, the L.A. County Travel Advisory & Guidance may be found here. The CDC Travel Guidelines may be found here.