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If I am visiting or returning to New Jersey after international travel, do I need to quarantine?

Last Updated: 04/13/2021

Note: The CDC requires all air passengers arriving in the United States from a foreign country to get tested for COVID-19 no more than 3 days before their flight departs and to present the negative result or documentation of having recovered from COVID-19 to the airline before boarding the flight. For more information, visit the CDC website.

In addition, with specific exceptions, foreign nationals who have been in any of the following countries during the past 14 days may NOT enter the United States: India, China, Iran, countries in the European Schengen Area, United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland, Brazil, and South Africa. For more details and a full list of exceptions, refer to the CDC's update on travelers prohibited from entry.

International travel poses additional risks and even fully vaccinated travelers are at increased risk for getting and possibly spreading new COVID-19 variants.

CDC recommends delaying international travel until you are fully vaccinated.

After International Travel

You may have been exposed to COVID-19 on your travels. You may feel well and not have any symptoms, but you can be contagious without symptoms and spread the virus to others.

You and your travel companions (including children) pose a risk to your family, friends, and community for 14 days after you travel.

Federal guidance for fully vaccinated individuals who have travelled internationally:

Federal guidance for unvaccinated people who have travelled internationally:

  • Get tested 3-5 days after travel AND stay home and self-quarantine for a full 7 days after travel. Even if you test negative, stay home and self-quarantine for the full 7 days.
  • If your test is positive, isolate yourself to protect others from getting infected.
  • If you don't get tested, it's safest to stay home and self-quarantine for 10 days after travel.
  • Avoid being around people who are at increased risk for severe illness for 14 days, whether you get tested or not.
  • Self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms; isolate and get tested if you develop symptoms.
  • Follow all state and local recommendations or requirements after travel.

Note: Testing is available to everyone in New Jersey. You don't need insurance and free testing is available. Anyone who wants a test, can now get one.

Regardless of your vaccination status, if you get sick with fever, cough, or other symptoms of COVID-19, or test positive:

Source: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/after-travel-precautions.html; https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/testing-international-air-travelers.html