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Travel Guidance

Updated January 20, 2023

Traveling to or from Los Angeles? Help prevent the spread of COVID-19 by traveling “covid” safe.

Follow CDC Travel Guidance

All travelers arriving or returning to LA County from other states or countries should follow CDC travel guidance.

Make sure you are up to date with your COVID-19 vaccines including an updated boosters before traveling.

For your best protection, make sure that everyone 6 months and older has gotten their recommended COVID-19 vaccines. One updated bivalent booster is recommended for everyone* ages 6 months and older if it has been at least 2 months since their last COVID-19 vaccine dose (either the final primary dose or last booster).

*Children 6 months through 4 years who finished a Pfizer primary series are not eligible for a booster dose at this time.

To find a free COVID-19 vaccine near you, visit If you need help, you can call the DPH Vaccine Call Center at 1-833-540-0473, 7 days a week from 8am to 8:30pm. They can arrange in-home vaccination, free transportation to a vaccination site, or help with paratransit and other services for people with disabilities.

Consider getting tested for COVID-19 before and after travel.

Before travel, test for COVID-19 infection as close to the time of departure as possible before your scheduled travel. Only proceed with travel if your test is negative.

After travel, test for COVID-19 infection 3-5 days after you return.

Note: If you tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 90 days, testing before or after traveling, is usually not recommended, unless you have symptoms.

To find testing locations in LA County visit:

Wear a face mask that fits and filters well. Follow local mask wearing rules.

Masking is strongly recommended when traveling. Wearing a masking is a great way to reduce the spread of COVID-19 when you are traveling. Before you travel, check your destination’s masking rules. For those who are older and/or have underlying health conditions, well-fitting, high filtration masks provide an important layer of protection and should always be worn when traveling.

In Los Angeles County, masks are required indoors in some settings and strongly recommended in others. Click here to see LA County current masking wearing rules and recommendations.

Stay home away from others if you are sick or you test positive for COVID-19. Ask for COVID-19 treatment.

If you develop symptoms of COVID-19, you must stay home or in your hotel/residence away from others and get tested for COVID-19 right away. See Learn About Symptoms & What to Do If You Are Sick at

If you have symptoms and test positive for COVID-19, be sure to ask your medical provider for free treatment right away, even if your symptoms are mild. Don’t delay: the medicines work best when they are given soon after symptoms start. If you test positive in LA County and experience any symptoms, please call our free telehealth service at 1-833-540-0473 to access information, screening, and, if eligible, medication. Treatment is free. You don’t need to have insurance or be a US citizen. See for more information.

All travelers who test positive for COVID-19 must isolate at home or in their hotel away from others. If you are in LA County, you may end isolation after Day 5 if you meet all of the following criteria: you test negative on or after Day 5, you have not had a fever for 24 hours without using a fever-reducing medicine, and your symptoms are improving. If you don’t test or if you are still testing positive on or after Day 5, you can end isolation after Day 10, as long as you don’t have a fever. Follow the detailed instructions at

Read more at CDC travel guidelines.

Get Vaccinated.

To find a free COVID-19 vaccine near you, visit and click on “How To Get Vaccinated” or call the Public Health Vaccine Call Center at 833-540-0473, open daily 8:00 am to 8:30 pm. No appointment is needed at many locations, and free transportation may be available. You do not need insurance, and you will not be asked about your immigration status. In-home vaccination is available for people who are home-bound.

To find flu vaccines near you, call your doctor or local pharmacy or call 2-1-1 LA County information line (you can ask for locations where flu vaccines are low cost or free). See “Where Can I get a Flu Immunization” for more information.

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