Holiday travel tips during a pandemic: What to expect at the airport, on the road this season –

CLEVELAND, Ohio — Are you headed out of town this holiday season? While numerous health experts advise against unnecessary travel, many of us still plan to venture out in the coming months. Here’s how to ensure your trip is a healthy and safe one:

Research your destination: Numerous states have requirements for entry, including mandatory or voluntary quarantines, proof of a negative COVID test or other rules. Ohio has a voluntary 14-day quarantine in effect for visitors from nine states (Idaho, Nevada, Utah, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Iowa, Wisconsin, Alabama). Keep in mind: The recommendation applies to Ohioans returning from those states, as well, so if you’re visiting relatives in Wisconsin, you’re expected to quarantine when you return.

For an updated list of state entry requirements:

If you’re flying:

*Confirm your flight information well in advance of heading to the airport. Airlines have been changing schedules frequently in recent months to accommodate fluctuating demand.

*All major U.S. airlines require face masks on all passengers ages 2 and up. Most airports, including Cleveland Hopkins and Akron-Canton – have mandatory mask rules, as well. Don’t leave home without yours.

*Also consider packing hand sanitizer and sanitizer wipes in your carry-on bag. Travelers are permitted to bring one oversized bottle of hand sanitizer, up to 12 ounces, through TSA checkpoints, an exemption from the agency’s longstanding 3.4-ounce liquids rule.

At the airport: