October 18, 2021

Updated December 6, 2021

The holiday season is here, and there are plenty of ways to celebrate and have fun while also limiting the spread of COVID-19!

Follow these general guidelines when celebrating.

A string of colorful round lights in orange, red, blue, greenBefore a gathering or celebration:

  • Get fully vaccinated for COVID-19.
  • Get a booster or a third dose, if applicable.
  • Get a flu shot.
  • Assess your health: Stay home if you have any symptoms or feel ill, are waiting for COVID-19 test results, or have been around someone with COVID-19 in the past 14 days. Ask guests to do the same.

At the gathering or celebration:

  • Wear a face mask around those you don’t live with, even if fully vaccinated.
  • Gather outdoors whenever possible.
  • If inside, ventilate indoor air by opening windows and doors.
  • Avoid crowds.
  • Keep gatherings small.
  • Keep distance.
  • Practice good hand hygiene.


Holiday Travel

Tips for limiting the spread of COVID-19 if choosing to travel:

  • Get vaccinated for COVID-19. The CDC recommends delaying travel if you are not fully vaccinated.
  • Get a booster or third dose, if applicable.
  • Get a flu shot.
  • Wear a mask around people outside your household. It is required to wear masks on planes and in airports, as well as on public transportation and transportation hubs.
  • Different places may have different requirements. Be aware of mask mandates, testing guidelines, and other COVID rules at your destination and at any stops along the way.
  • Keep gatherings small.
  • Know if you’re traveling to a hotspot (international destinations | domestic destinations).
  • Be aware of who in your group isn’t vaccinated and take precautions.

The CDC has changed its requirement for proof of a negative COVID-19 test result for all airline passengers arriving into the U.S. Learn more.


See the CDC’s Travel page for travel-related information and updates.