Alert – Level 2, COVID-19 risk in the Northern Mariana Islands is moderate, and new cases are decreasing or stable
- CDC recommends that people at increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19 postpone nonessential travel to the Northern Mariana Islands.
- COVID-19 risk in the Northern Mariana Islands is moderate.
- Over the last 28 days, new cases of COVID-19 in the Northern Mariana Islands decreased or stabilized.
- If you get sick in the Northern Mariana Islands and need medical care, resources such as hospital beds, may be limited.
- Check territorial public health websites for information before you travel
- Local policies at your destination may require you to be tested for COVID-19 before you are allowed to enter the destination. If you test positive on arrival, you may be required to isolate for a period of time. You may even be prevented from returning to the United States, as scheduled. You might consider getting tested before your trip. If so, see Testing for COVID-19 webpage for more information.
Protect Yourself, Protect Your Loved Ones, Avoid Travel
Travel may increase your chance of getting and spreading COVID-19. It is not known whether one mode of transportation is safer than others; however, airports, planes, bus stations, buses, train stations, trains, and rest stops are all places where travelers might be exposed to the virus in the air and on surfaces. These are also places where it can be hard to maintain social distancing (keep 6 feet apart from other people).
Even if you don’t have symptoms, you can spread COVID-19 to others while traveling. Do not travel if you are sick or if you have been around someone with COVID-19 in the past 14 days.
What is the current situation?
COVID-19 risk in the Northern Mariana Islands is moderate. Over the last 28 days, new cases of COVID-19 in the Northern Mariana Islands decreased or stabilized. CDC recommends older adults, people of any age with certain underlying medical conditions, and others at increased risk for severe illness postpone nonessential travel to the Northern Mariana Islands. Some examples of essential travel may include traveling for humanitarian aid work, medical reasons, or family emergencies.
If you get sick in the Northern Mariana Islands and need medical care, resources such as hospital beds may be limited. Plan ahead and learn more about Getting Health Care Abroad.
If you get sick with COVID-19 (or test positive for COVID-19, even if you have no symptoms) while traveling, you may be isolated or not be permitted to travel until you have recovered fully from your illness. If you get exposed to a person with COVID-19 while traveling, you may be quarantined or not be permitted to return home until 14 days after your last exposure.
What can travelers do to protect themselves and others?
If you travel, take steps to protect yourself and others from COVID-19:
- Avoid close contact by staying at least 6 feet (about 2 arms’ length) away from anyone who is not from your household.
- Wear a mask to keep your nose and mouth covered when in public settings.
- Wash your hands often or use hand sanitizer.
- Avoid contact with anyone who is sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Do not travel if you are sick.
What do I need to do after I travel?
You may have been exposed to COVID-19 on your travels (domestic and/or international). You may feel well and not have any symptoms, but you can be contagious without symptoms and spread the virus to others. You and your travel companions (including children) pose a risk to your family, friends, and community for 14 days after you were exposed to the virus. Regardless of where you traveled or what you did during your trip, take these actions to protect others from getting sick:
- Stay at least 6 feet (about 2 arms’ length) from anyone who is not from your household. It’s important to do this everywhere — both indoors and outdoors.
- Wear a mask to keep your nose and mouth covered when you are outside of your home.
- Wash your hands often or use hand sanitizer.
- Watch your health: Look for symptoms of COVID-19, and take your temperature if you feel sick.
- See CDC’s After Travel webpage to learn if you should take additional precautions.
Follow state and local recommendations or requirements after travel.
Healthcare providers should obtain a detailed travel history for patients with symptoms of potential COVID-19 infection, including: fever, cough, shortness of breath, chills, muscle pain, new loss of taste or smell, vomiting or diarrhea, and sore throat. If you suspect a traveler has COVID-19, see Information for Healthcare Professionals for information on evaluating, reporting, clinical care guidance, and infection control.
Read the original notice at Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)