If you or anyone you know is thinking of traveling to a new State, this may be the year that you do it. Whether you are traveling between States or traveling internationally, you need to be aware of all State and Local regulations and restrictions. Some restrictions may even apply to non-emergency travel. Alabama is currently experiencing a pandemic of swine flu, so anyone planning to travel outside of the continental US should be prepared to deal with any health issues that may arise during their vacation. The following information is informational only and should be used as a guide only.
*No travel of any kind whatsoever is currently recommended while infectious conditions persist. If a travel restriction has been put in place due to an outbreak of some kind, travelers should contact their local county department for advice on whether or not they can enter the area. There are three classifications of contagious diseases; the epidemics. The travelers’ diarrhea is the most contagious. This disease is responsible for the death or quarantine of millions of birds and is contained in every public health laboratory.
*The traveler’s diarrhea is usually responsible for the most bird deaths and death by dehydration or swimming. It typically takes one week before the first case of diarrhea shows up on a death certificate. However, swine flu and hepatitis C viruses are proving to be more resilient than ever. If you are traveling to any of the states that are currently experiencing epidemics, you need to get yourself checked out to make sure that you don’t have one of these deadly diseases. Either arrive with a positive covid 19 test taken within 72 hours or do not travel at all.
*EPID, or Enteric coating, is used by most international airlines to combat germs and make the flight experience as pleasant as possible. Unfortunately, the recent outbreak of the swine flu has resulted in stricter enforcement of epticaic measures among U.S. citizens. However, these changes do not affect the protection of your personal items such as cameras, cell phones, portable computers, video game systems, MP3 players, watches, or wristwatches.
* EPID requires travelers to abstain from consuming food or liquid that is contaminated while traveling. It also requires travelers to abstain from touching food that is contaminated while traveling. There are exceptions to this rule. If you are travelling to countries of high-risk origin, such as those in conflict, you may have a small amount of time during the day allowed to touch food. This exception will be addressed separately in subsequent sections.
* PRSA, or Personal Security Information, is required for security screening at the airport, train station, and other ports of entry where personal items are checked. The rules regarding this type of screening are detailed in the Federal Aviation Administration manual. Generally, travelers must remain seated until their bags have cleared security and passengers must be administered a full physical examination.
* A social distancing order is issued for individuals who are traveling to or from New York City. The individual will be required to surrender their United States passport upon arrival to avoid the risk of diversion. This social distancing order affects all passengers traveling to or from the city. However, it does not affect passengers traveling to or from another state.
* Travelers should review their risk factors and consider steps to reduce their exposure to dangerous pathogens. The risk of coming in contact with blood or body fluid is a strong incentive to reduce one’s risk factors. In considering these issues, travelers should also keep in mind that animals and insects may occasionally come in contact with travelers’ clothing, feeding supplies, or even shoes and toes. These insects and animals may carry disease-causing pathogens.