Transportation & travel
New Traveler Restrictions
Governor's Proclamation: Restrictions on Travelers from Countries where COVID-19 Variants are Circulating (PDF)
December 21, 2020
Gov. Jay Inslee issued a 14-day quarantine requirement for anyone returning to Washington state after visiting other countries where COVID-19 variants have been circulating. The order applies to anyone who has been present in these countries within the prior 14 days. All individuals who are impacted by this order are strongly encouraged to be tested within seven days of returning to Washington.
March 1, 2021
Gov. Jay Inslee amended the proclamation to require all air passengers comply with the requirements ordered by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention when traveling from outside the U.S. to Washington. The CDC currently requires all such air passengers to obtain a negative viral COVID test within 3 days of travel or to present proof of recovery from COVID-19.
For other types of travel, the Governor’s travel advisory remains in place. This proclamation will remain in effect through the state of emergency established in Proclamation 20-05.
Visiting Washington or coming home?
On November 13, 2020, Gov. Jay Inslee issued a travel advisory that recommends people arriving in Washington from other states or countries, including returning Washington residents, should practice self-quarantine for 14 days after arrival. These individuals should also limit their interactions to their immediate household. This recommendation does not apply to individuals who cross state or country borders for essential travel, to include work and study, critical infrastructure support, and immediate medical care. As of November 17, Gov. Inslee issued new guidelines for indoor gatherings with people outside the household.
Please observe the following precautions for the duration of your stay:
- Visit the county/region status page to see which phase the county you’ll be visiting is currently in. Not all businesses or activities may be allowed. Observe all Healthy Washington restrictions and limit travel between counties.
- Limit close contact to a small group of people and avoid large crowds.
- Maintain a distance of six feet or more from people not in your travel party.
- Wear a mask or face covering in public.
- Watch for symptoms and take your temperature every day. If you feel sick, do not go out and contact a health provider to get tested.
- Keep a record of the places you go with times and dates. If you get sick, this information is crucial for our efforts to help alert others to possible exposure risk.
The CDC also has advice on considerations for staying overnight or hosting overnight guests as well as tips for staying overnight or hosting overnight guests.
Use this CDC tool to check on COVID-19 restrictions in the state you're visiting. You might also want to confirm those restrictions on the local website, as well.
- Employers with concerns about employee travel can contact the state Business Response Center with questions.
- Find advice for international travel at the Department of State.
- Workers in the construction industry, traveling to Washington from a non-contiguous state, must either quarantine for 14-days OR obtain a COVID-19 test once they arrive and receive a negative result.
Get the latest about Sea-Tac Airport. Check with your airline for specific flight information.
If you're planning to travel outside the U.S., be aware of COVID-19 international travel advisories and restrictions. Guidance on international travel changes as the virus situation develops.
The terminal is currently open to ticketed passengers only and is operating on a limited schedule surrounding arrivals and departures. Please check with your airline prior to arriving at the terminal to ensure your flight arrangements have not changed and you are prepared to travel.
Updates from the Tri-Cities Airport.
Local travel & transit
Check the Amtrak's website for travel information.
King County Metro continues to provide scheduled bus service, representing more than 12,000 daily trips.
Read Sound Transit’s Platform blog post for the latest information on how Sound Transit is responding to heightened COVID-19 concerns.
The state ferry system has taken many actions to help stop the spread of the COVID-19 virus and keep its facilities as safe as possible.
The ferry system also offers a free travel alert subscription service via email or text message.