What is the risk of getting coronavirus on a plane?

Because of how air circulates and is filtered on airplanes, most viruses and other germs do not spread easily on airplanes. Although the risk of infection on an airplane is low, travelers should try to avoid contact with sick passengers and wash their hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer that contain 60%–95% alcohol.

For more information: Exposure Risk During Travel

Can I get a refund if my flight is cancelled due to coronavirus?

If the airline cancels the flight, you can request a full refund to your original form of payment. Although new Main Cabin Basic bookings cannot be changed, under the airline’s COVID-19 travel waivers, you can make free changes if you purchased your ticket before March 1, 2020, and through April 30, 2021.

Can an airline deny boarding a passenger if they don’t have a negative COVID-19 test?

Airlines must confirm the negative test result for all passengers or documentation of recovery before they board. If a passenger does not provide documentation of a negative test or recovery, or chooses not to take a test, the airline must deny boarding to the passenger.

What quarantine exemptions are available for airline passengers during the COVID-19 pandemic?

Exemptions may be granted on an extremely limited basis when emergency travel (like an emergency medical evacuation) must occur to preserve someone’s life, health against a serious danger, or physical safety and testing cannot be completed before travel.

Can COVID-19 spread through sexual intercourse?

Although COVID-19 has been detected in semen and feces, currently we do not think that the virus is spread through the sexual act. But, given that the virus is spread through respiratory droplets—which are much more likely to be shared when in close contact with another person—many sexual acts will be considered high risk. So, as the New York City Department of Health details in its safer sex and COVID-19 fact sheet, minimizing risks by exploring other avenues of meaningful interaction is suggested and recommended.

Will the CDC reimburse travelers for COVID-19 testing fees?

CDC is not able to reimburse travelers for COVID-19 testing fees. You may wish to contact your insurance provider or the location that provided your test about payment options.

Can I get an exemption or waiver to the COVID-19 testing requirement?

Exemptions may be granted on an extremely limited basis when emergency travel (like an emergency medical evacuation) must occur to preserve someone’s life, health against a serious danger, or physical safety and testing cannot be completed before travel.

Do I need to get a COVID-19 test before traveling to the United States?

When you travel to the United States by air, you are required to show a negative COVID-19 test result or documentation of recovery from COVID-19 before you board your flight.

Do I need to take a PCR test before returning to the UK?

Before departure:

All unvaccinated travellers to the UK must complete a passenger locator form, and take an LFT or PCR in the 48 hours before departure. The test can be taken either in the country where you start your journey, or in another country en route to the UK.

Under which circumstances are people not required to wear a face mask during the COVID-19 pandemic?

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• while eating, drinking, or taking medication for brief periods of time;
• while communicating, for brief periods of time, with a person who is hearing impaired when the ability to see the mouth is essential for communication;
• if, on an aircraft, wearing of oxygen masks is needed because of loss of cabin pressure or other event affecting aircraft ventilation;
• if unconscious (for reasons other than sleeping), incapacitated, unable to be awakened, or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance; or
• when necessary to temporarily remove the mask to verify one’s identity such as during Transportation Security Administration (TSA) screening or when asked to do so by the ticket or gate agent or any law enforcement official.

Who should not take the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine?

If you have had a severe allergic reaction to any ingredient in the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine (such as polyethylene glycol), you should not get this vaccine. If you had a severe allergic reaction after getting a dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine, you should not get another dose of an mRNA vaccine.

Who should not wear masks during the COVID-19 pandemic?

Cloth face coverings should not be worn by:
• Children younger than 2 years old.
• Anyone who has trouble breathing, including those with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
• Anyone who is unconscious, incapacitated, or otherwise unable to remove the cloth face-covering without assistance.

What happens if I don’t wear a mask in an indoor area or a public transportation during the COVID-19 pandemic?

On conveyances with no outdoor spaces, operators of public transportation conveyances must refuse to board anyone not wearing a mask that completely covers the mouth and nose. On conveyances with outdoor areas, operators must refuse to allow entry to indoor areas to anyone not wearing a mask.

What are the regulations for face masks in North Carolina during the COVID-19 pandemic?

Any person age 5 or older must wear a face covering at all times while in public settings.
This applies to:
• All customers, employees and other users of restaurants, grocery, and retail stores
while they are indoors.
• All occupants of public transportation vehicles.

Do you still have to wear a mask if you get the COVID-19 vaccine?

• If you have a condition or taking medications that weaken your immune system, you may not be fully protected even if you are fully vaccinated. You should continue to take all precautions recommended for unvaccinated people, including wearing a well-fitted mask, until advised otherwise by their healthcare provider.

Are passengers required to wear masks on public conveyance during the COVID-19 pandemic?

CDC issued an Order, effective February 2, 2021 requiring the wearing of masks by travelers (both passengers and crew) on public conveyances to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Conveyance operators must require all persons onboard to wear masks when boarding, disembarking, and for the duration of travel.

Is it recommended to wear masks indoors during the COVID-19 pandemic?

Indoors: CDC recommends consistent and correct mask use indoors in public for people who are not fully vaccinated, at all levels of community transmission. CDC also recommends universal masking indoors in public for people who are fully vaccinated in areas of substantial or high community transmission.

Do I have to wear a mask every time I leave the house?

You should be wearing a mask outside if:
• It is difficult to maintain the recommended 6-foot social distancing from others (such as going to the grocery store or pharmacy or walking on a busy street or in a crowded neighborhood)
• If required to by law. Many areas now have mandatory masking regulations when in public