Office of Global Safety shares CDC guidance for travelers returning to U.S.

Prior to the start of the winter break, the Office of Global Safety has shared guidance from the CDC for travelers returning to the U.S. Vanderbilt community members who will travel abroad during the winter break should familiarize themselves with the procedures. 

Those planning to travel internationally will need to get tested no more than one day before you travel by air into the U.S. and show their negative result to the airline before they board their flight, or be prepared to show documentation of recovery, which includes a proof of a recent positive viral test and a letter from their healthcare provider or a public health official stating that they were cleared to travel. 

The CDC guidance can be found on the office’s Pandemic Travel Guidance webpage. 

Some things for those traveling by air to consider as they arrive and depart include: 

  • Check with the airline about check-in/boarding procedures, when allowed check-in online and/or use an electronic ticket. 
  • Allow more time before departure to account for increased wait times. 
  • Maintain a safe distance from other passengers and airport staff. 
  • Wear a face mask at all times and bring a spare one just in case. A KN95 mask is preferable to cloth. 
  • Pack hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes in a carry on. Once on the flight, clean the tray table, window shade, armrests, and seat during boarding. Remain in seat as much as possible and minimize movement around the cabin. 
  • Turn on the air vent above seat. 
  • Consider bringing own food and beverages.