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

Last Updated: 02/17/2021

Note: Effective January 26, 2021, the CDC is requiring all air passengers entering the United States from a foreign country to test negative for COVID-19. Travelers are required to get tested within the 3 days before their flight to the U.S. departs, and provide written documentation of their test results to the airline or provide documentation of having recovered from COVID-19. 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: 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.

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.

Get Tested and Stay Home After Travel

  • Get tested 3-5 days after travel AND stay home for 7 days after travel. Even if you test negative, stay home 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 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.

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.

Getting tested after travel is especially important if you did any of these activities that put you at higher risk for COVID-19:

  • Going to a large social gathering like a wedding, funeral, or party.
  • Attending a mass gathering like a sporting event, concert, or parade.
  • Being in crowds like in restaurants, bars, fitness centers, or movie theaters.
  • Taking public transportation like planes, trains or buses or being in transportation hubs like airports.
  • Traveling on a cruise ship or riverboat.

Also, take these actions after you return from travel to protect others from getting COVID-19:

  • Avoid crowds and stay at least 6 feet (about 2 arm lengths) from anyone who did not travel with you. It's important to do this everywhere — both indoors and outdoors.
  • Wear a mask over your nose and mouth when in public settings. Face coverings are required in indoor public spaces and in outdoor public spaces when social distancing is difficult to maintain.
  • If there are people in the household who did not travel with you, wear a mask and ask everyone in the household to wear masks in shared spaces inside your home for 14 days after travel.
  • Wash your hands often or use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid being around people who are at increased risk for severe illness.
  • Watch your health: Look for symptoms of COVID-19.

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