Melissa Magstadt, South Dakota Secretary of Health
South Dakota Department of Health


The COVID-19 pandemic has an extensive impact on travelers. There is widespread, ongoing community transmission worldwide. If you have future travel plans, keep an eye on the news for updates on the evolving situation.

Traveling during COVID-19

Consider wearing a mask to Protect Yourself and others. Masking is a critical public health tool and it is important to remember that any mask is better than no mask. Wear the most protective mask you can that fits well and that you will wear consistently. Wearing a well-fitted mask along with vaccination, self-testing, and physical distancing, helps protect you and others by reducing the chance of spreading COVID-19.

If you travel, do what you can to protect yourself, your family, and your communities - even on road trips or travel within South Dakota.

  • People who are not fully vaccinated, including children, should delay travel if possible. Travel increases your chance of getting and spreading COVID-19.

  • Do not travel if you are sick or have tested positive for COVID-19, even if you are vaccinated.

  • Do not travel if you had close contact with someone with COVID-19.

Students returning home for school breaks are strongly encouraged to follow CDC recommendations and the recommendations of their school district or Institutions of Higher Education, whichever is applicable.
Some jobs may have different requirements for traveling. Check with your employer about recommendations for returning from travel.

Domestic travel

For recommendations and things to consider before, during, and after travel (e.g., testing, quarantining, social distancing), visit CDC: Domestic Travel During COVID-19.

  • If you are not fully vaccinated and must travel, get tested before and after your trip. Find information on COVID-19 testing at

International travel

International travel may pose additional risk, even for fully vaccinated travelers. Follow federal guidelines at CDC: International Travel During COVID-19.

For the latest requirements and recommendations by destination, visit U.S. Department of State: Travel and CDC: COVID-19 Travel Recommendations by Destination.

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