For Your Safety: Travel safely during the delta variant

EnCompass Magazine

This past summer, we saw Americans return to travel in droves. However, with the resurgence of COVID-19 cases attributed to the delta variant, you may be wondering if you should go ahead with your travel plans—especially with the upcoming holidays. Here are a few tips to help you decide based on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) guidelines.

Stay informed

To travel safely and comfortably, AAA Travel experts are helping people stay informed, prepared, and protected. Fully vaccinated people can travel domestically with little risk; however, if you’re unvaccinated, then it’s recommended you delay traveling, as many destinations and travel providers require proof of vaccination for access to certain venues and experiences.

Mask guidance

Masks should be at the top of your packing list, since guidelines and requirements vary by destination, and some international destinations may require medical masks. People in areas with high COVID-19 transmission should wear masks indoors, regardless of vaccination status. You will be required to wear a mask on planes, buses, trains, and other forms of public transportation. It’s also good to bring disinfecting wipes, hand sanitizer, and a thermometer to help protect and monitor your health.

Modes of travel expectations

  • Road Trips – Road trips offer more flexibility than some other modes of travel, but it’s still important to understand the impact COVID-19 has on cities and states you are traveling through and if there are any restrictions in place.
  • Air Travel – Most viruses and other germs don’t spread easily on flights because of how air circulates and is filtered on airplanes, along with the universal use of masks throughout your flight. Consider enrolling in TSA PreCheck, to help expedite your time through potentially crowded airports.
  • Hotels – Before any hotel stay, call ahead to ensure your hotel is open and ask what precautions they are taking to protect guests. To give you extra peace of mind, AAA has enhanced its Diamond inspections to recognize properties as Inspected Clean, that meet AAA’s standards for cleanliness, condition, and new surface cleanliness testing before being assigned a Diamond designation.
  • International Travel – 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 three days before travel or documentation of recovery from COVID-19 in the past three months before they board a flight. If you are fully vaccinated, it’s recommended you get tested three to five days after traveling internationally, but you don’t need to be tested before you go unless your destination requires it.
  • Traveling with Children – If you are traveling with children who cannot get vaccinated at this time, then follow the recommendations for unvaccinated people and choose safer travel options, such as a road trip with few stops or a direct flight, and take steps to avoid crowds and close contact with unvaccinated people who are not from your household. If you do fly, everyone over the age of 2 will be required to wear masks.

Ultimately, the decision to travel is a personal one that must be made by each individual and family. AAA Travel Advisors are available to provide you with the information you need to plan a trip whenever you’re ready to do so. To stay informed, check out AAA’s Travel Resource Page at