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Coronavirus in California - Travel Information

With one of the nation’s highest vaccination rates and lowest case rates, California is open to welcome visitors. 

Masks are required for everyone over the age of two in indoor public settings. Some San Francisco Bay Area counties are exempt from the statewide rule in indoor settings in which everyone is vaccinated.

In addition, state public health officials recommend anyone coming into California from another state or country be tested three to five days after arriving. Those testing positive should isolate and follow CDC recommendations.

Proof of vaccination or a recent negative test is required to attend large indoor events (over 1,000 people). Operators of large outdoor events (over 10,000 people) are encouraged to enact similar vaccination and testing requirements. Attendees should check guidelines with event operators when buying tickets or making reservations. 

For more guidance, here is a collection of California’s local and regional tourism offices.

Traveling internationally?

Starting November 8, the United States and California are opening their borders to fully vaccinated travelers from 33 countries. When traveling to the U.S., visitors will also be required to show a WHO-approved negative COVID-19 test or documentation of recovery from COVID-19. The timing of this test will depend on vaccination status and age. Please visit the CDC’s International Travel page for the latest entry requirements, and take this quick travel assessment to find out what is needed to travel to the U.S. by air.

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