What are California's travel rules? State lifts advisory for residents to 'remain local'
Californians can now travel 120 miles from home without going against a state advisory to "remain local," but officials still recommend you limit travel and avoid it, if possible.
The California Department of Public Health updated its travel advisory Thursday, removing the mileage limit from the guidance that was initially released in January.
"Postponing travel and staying home is the best way to protect yourself and others from COVID-19," the department said in its updated guidance.
Tourists and other non-essential travelers from outside of California — even those who are fully vaccinated — are discouraged from entering the state as they "could introduce new sources of infection," including new variants of COVID-19, the department said.
What are California's new travel rules?
According to the California Department of Public Health, the state's new travel rules are:
- All travelers arriving in or returning to California from other states or countries should follow travel guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
- All travelers should get a COVID-19 test one to three days before travel.
- All travelers who test positive or develop symptoms of COVID-19 should isolate and follow public health recommendations.
What if you're coming from out of state?
For those coming to California for "non-essential travel," which includes tourism and recreation, the department says you should:
- Get tested three to five days upon arriving to California and stay home and self-quarantine for a full seven days after travel, even if your test is negative.
- Those who don't get tested should stay home and self-quarantine for 10 days after travel.
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