Traveling in the U.S. or U.S. Territories
You are NOT required to quarantine when traveling to or from the United States, including Hawaii and Alaska, or any U.S. territories, including American Samoa, Guam, The Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. These areas are not considered international travel.
The CDC adds, as long as precautions are taken, such as wearing a mask, fully vaccinated people can travel within the U.S. without getting tested for COVID-19 before traveling or self-quarantining after.
What about Business Travel?
While we are continuing to discourage business travel, we understand some travel is deemed necessary or essential to the operations of Cook Children's Health Care System. In these situations, business travel should be approved in advance by a company president, or VP or above.
Currently, no international travel for business will be approved by Cook Children's.
Cruise Ship and River Cruise Voyages
The CDC recommends all people avoid travel on cruise ships, including cruises, worldwide. “That's because the chance of getting COVID-19 on cruise ships is high since the virus appears to spread more easily between people in close quarters above cruise ships."
The CDC states avoiding cruises it is especially important that people with an increased risk of severe illness defer travel on cruise ships, including river cruises.
*NEW* If you go on a cruise, you will need to notify Occupational Health prior to you traveling. Click here to send an email to complete Cook Children's COVID-19 Vaccinated Employee International Travel Process. You can also click here to download this form, which should then be completed and emailed to IntlTravelProof@cookchildrens.org. This will inform them to expect a test result after your return.
If you are vaccinated, you will be able to return to work upon your vacation but must have COVID test performed on Day 3-5 post travel per above instructions.
Currently, a quarantine remains for those who decide to go on a cruise, if you are not vaccinated.
You will need to self-quarantine after you return home and will not be able to work during this time.