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If I am visiting or returning to New Jersey after international travel, do I need to quarantine for 14 days?
You may have been exposed to COVID-19 on your travels (domestic and/or international). 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 were exposed to the virus. Regardless of where you traveled or what you did during your trip, take actions to protect others from getting sick.
Some types of travel and activities can put you at higher risk for exposure to COVID-19. If you participated in higher-risk activities or think that you may have been exposed before or during your trip, take extra precautions to protect others for 14 days after you arrive. High-risk activities include going to a large gathering (i.e., wedding, funeral, party), attending a mass gathering like a sporting event, concert, or parade, being in crowd, or traveling on a cruise ship or river boat. You are at higher risk if you traveled to an area that is experiencing high levels of COVID-19 (CDC Level 3 areas).
Take extra precautions to protect others for 14 days after you arrive:
- Stay home as much as possible.
- Avoid being around people.
- Social distance. Stay at least 6 feet (2 arms' length) from other people who are not from your household. It is important to do this everywhere, both indoors and outdoors.
- Wear a cloth or disposable mask to keep your nose and mouth covered when you are outside your home/where you are staying.
- Wash hands often and use hand sanitizer.
- Consider getting tested for COVID-19.