Travel Advisory


Chicago’s COVID-19 Travel Advisory: Second Consecutive Week for Entire U.S. on Advisory

Updated 01/11/2022
Based on data as of 01/10/2022

The Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) did not add or remove any states or territories from its COVID-19 Travel Advisory today. For the second consecutive week, every U.S. state and four territories are on the advisory.  

The U.S. average daily case rate per 100,000 residents is 203.1 (148.1 last week). Illinois’ daily case rate currently is 227.1 (182.1 last week). Chicago’s daily case rate is 177.1 (169.7 last week).

It has been nearly a year (February of 2021, when it was a biweekly Travel Order) since every state and territory has been on CDPH’s Travel Advisory.

Daily COVID case rates must be below 15 per 100,000 residents for two consecutive weeks for a state to be removed from the advisory. No states are eligible to come off the advisory next week.

Under the Advisory, unvaccinated travelers should be tested for COVID before and after travel from any state on the advisory list and should quarantine upon arrival in Chicago. For domestic travel, the quarantine and testing recommendations do not apply to fully vaccinated travelers.

For international travel, the CDC now requires that all travelers, regardless of vaccination status or citizenship, get a negative COVID-19 viral test no more than 1 day before travel into the United States. CDPH guidelines follow CDC requirements for international travel.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends that anyone who is unvaccinated delay travel until they are fully vaccinated.

“If you’re unvaccinated and you travel, you’re taking a huge health risk,” said CDPH Commissioner Allison Arwady, M.D. “The most important thing you can do right now – whether you’re planning to travel or not – is to get fully vaccinated and get a booster shot when you are eligible. People are ending up in hospitals every day who didn’t think they’d ever be there – and nearly all of them are unvaccinated. People are dying every day – and overwhelmingly they are unvaccinated.”

COVID-19 Heat Map - 01/11/2022

 

Before travel, unvaccinated individuals should: 
  • Get tested 1-3 days prior to departure. 
For international travel:
  • ALL TRAVELERS, REGARDLESS OF VACCINATION STATUS OR CITIZENSHIP need to get a negative COVID-19 viral test no more than 1 day before travel into the United States. 
While traveling: 
  • ALL individuals regardless of vaccination status must wear a mask on planes, buses, trains, and other forms of public transportation traveling into, within, or out of the United States and while indoors at U.S. transportation hubs such as airports and stations.
  • In Chicago, wear a mask in all indoor public settings, regardless of vaccination status.
  • Avoid crowds as much as you can and wash your hands often or use hand sanitizer (with at least 60% alcohol).
After travel, unvaccinated individuals should: 
  • Get tested with a viral PCR test 3-5 days after travel AND stay home and self-quarantine for a full 5 days.
  • Even if you test negative or do not get tested, stay home and self-quarantine for the full 5 days; you can leave your house after 5 days and should continue to wear a mask around others for 5 additional days.
    • If your test is positive, isolate yourself to protect others from getting infected.
  • Avoid being around people who are at increased risk for severe illness for 10 days, whether you get tested or not.

All travelers are advised to monitor themselves for COVID-19 symptoms after travel and isolate and get tested if they develop symptoms.

CDPH holds regular vaccination events across the city and vaccine is also widely available through pharmacies and health care providers. In-home vaccination is also available free of charge to all Chicago residents through Protect Chicago At Home. Up to 10 people at a residence (age 5 and up) can be vaccinated.

Call (312) 746-4835 for an appointment or go to Chicago.gov/AtHome for details. People who are vaccinated through the At Home program or a CDPH mobile event will receive up to $100 in Visa gift cards. The gift cards do not apply to booster shots.

Chicago’s Travel Advisory will continue to be updated every Tuesday. CDPH continues to closely monitor the spread of COVID-19 in other regions across the country. For more information, visit chicago.gov/coronavirus. 



Frequently Asked Questions

The Advisory is updated every Tuesday on the City’s website, and through CDPH social media channels.

Chicago Travel Advisory State by State List

This list is updated every Tuesday based on that Monday's data. It goes into effect the following Friday at 12:01 am.

Chicago Travel Advisory State by State List

The list is updated every Tuesday and goes into effect the following Friday at 12:01 am.

Yellow States

Daily Infections Per 100K

Orange States

Daily Infections Per 100K

    New York 381
    New Jersey 354.8
    Rhode Island 336.9
    Virgin Islands 327.3
    District of Columbia 318.9
    Florida 300.3
    Massachusetts 288.7
    Delaware 273.5
    Connecticut 254.5
    Puerto Rico 254.4
    Louisiana 245
    Hawaii 240.8
    West Virginia 237.7
    Kansas 228.1
    Illinois 227.1
    Missouri 219.3
    Maryland 210.7
    Pennsylvania 209.8
    Michigan 208
    Mississippi 205.5
    Alabama 204.9
    Utah 200.7
    Virginia 190.8
    Arkansas 190.3
    Georgia 186.9
    Texas 177
    Indiana 175.2
    Arizona 170.9
    California 170
    New Hampshire 167.1
    South Dakota 164.8
    Wisconsin 160.5
    Washington 153.8
    Alaska 153.4
    Colorado 149.2
    North Dakota 146.1
    Tennessee 145.6
    Vermont 145
    Ohio 142.3
    Oklahoma 138
    North Carolina 131.9
    South Carolina 131.2
    Oregon 130.2
    New Mexico 129.9
    Nevada 128.5
    Nebraska 128.4
    Kentucky 127.2
    Guam 121.2
    Iowa 116.1
    Minnesota 106
    Wyoming 104.1
    Maine 70.6
    Montana 68.7
    Idaho 64.5

Given the volatility of the daily data reports and the disruption that adding a neighboring state to the travel advisory causes, neighboring states will be reviewed on a case by case basis.

Those who are fully vaccinated and have not had symptoms are exempt from the orange tier quarantine / test recommendation.

Fully vaccinated is defined as being at least two weeks after receipt of the second dose in a two-dose COVID-19 vaccine series or at least two weeks after receipt of one dose of a single-dose COVID-19 vaccine. Fully vaccinated travelers must monitor their health for 14 days after travel and if they experience symptoms potentially consistent with COVID-19, they must self-isolate until clinical evaluation and COVID testing. They should also continue to adhere to all recommended protective measures including wearing a mask while traveling on planes, buses, trains or other public transportation, practicing hand hygiene, and avoiding crowds.

As of December 6, 2021, the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has changed their requirements and all travelers (regardless of vaccination status or citizenship) need to provide a negative COVID-19 viral test no more than 1 day before travel into the United States. Please see CDC’s International Travel and FAQ pages for answers to questions about the new requirement for proof of negative COVID-19 test from COVID-19 for all air passengers arriving in the United States.

CDPH recommends that individuals follow the full CDC recommendations for international travel, which can be found here

As of December 6, 2021, the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has changed their requirements and all travelers (regardless of vaccination status or citizenship) need to provide a negative COVID-19 viral test no more than 1 day before travel into the United States. Please see CDC’s International Travel and FAQ pages for answers to questions about the new requirement for proof of negative COVID-19 test from COVID-19 for all air passengers arriving in the United States.

CDPH recommends that individuals follow the full CDC recommendations for international travel, which can be found here

 

If a state moves from the Yellow list to the Orange list (which would be announced on a Tuesday) that state will officially be added to the Advisory effective Friday, 12:01AM of that week. If you arrive in Chicago before that date/time, the travel advisory does not apply. 

Unvaccinated children travelling with fully vaccinated people are not exempt from the travel advisory and must follow pre-arrival testing/quarantine requirements. 

Individuals who live in Chicago but regularly commute to an orange list state should monitor their temperature and signs of symptoms, wear a face covering when in public, maintain social distancing and clean and disinfect workspaces. 

Find information on COVID-19 testing in Chicago on our testing page.

If you are unvaccinated and traveling to or from an orange list state, you should be tested 1-3 days before starting your trip and again 3-5 days after returning to Chicago. 

If you receive a positive test for COVID-19, you most likely DO currently have an active COVID-19 infection and can give the virus to others. Stay home and follow CDPH guidance on steps to protect yourself and others. Do not travel unless seeking medical care.

The test must be a diagnostic test. An antibody test does not qualify.

Before you travel with your student, check with your individual school for their policy. The CPS policy can be found here. The Archdiocese of Chicago's policy can be found here.

Those accompanying students to college from high-incidence states should follow the same guidelines as anyone else traveling inbound to Chicago from orange states. 

Students who commute regularly to Chicago for school from designated states should: 

  • Avoid any non-essential interactions. Limit activities to school-related activities and functions and avoid public spaces as much as possible.
  • Monitor temperature and signs of symptoms, wear a face covering when in public, maintain social distance, and clean and disinfect school spaces.
  • Avoid extended periods in public, contact with strangers, and large congregate settings.