Traveling with Kids During Covid-19


Summer is here — and families are ready to hit the road. Children’s Memorial Hermann Pediatrics offers some tips before you go.

Get vaccinated before your vacation. You should receive the second dose at least two weeks before your trip. Avoid destinations with spikes in COVID-19 cases or that are overcrowded.

If possible, drive rather than fly. Check the CDC travel website before making plans. Airlines may require pre-testing, depending on your destination.

Masks are required if you travel by plane, train, bus or other forms of public transportation into, within or out of the U.S., as well as at transportation hubs. Masks also may be required in public spaces, including restaurants, museums and cinemas. Children two-years-old and older must wear masks on planes.

When you eat out, dine outdoors, if possible. Also wash hands frequently, and wear masks, if not fully vaccinated, and social distance among those outside your household.

If you’re fully vaccinated, you do not need to self-quarantine after your return, unless you have high fever, cough or other symptoms of COVID-19. The CDC says unvaccinated people should get a viral test three to five days after traveling. Those who test negative should self-quarantine for a full week. Ask in advance about day care and school testing rules, and leave a time buffer between the end of vacation and the start of classes.

Don’t travel if anyone in your family or group has a high fever, chills, cough or other signs of COVID-19.

For more information from Memorial Hermann, visit memorialhermann.org or call 713.222.CARE (2273).