Coronavirus Information and Resources
for Travel in the Santa Barbara South Coast
Last updated: 11/3/2021
Please note that worldwide and throughout the U.S., the conditions around coronavirus (COVID-19) are rapidly evolving and may change. The best source for local conditions is the Santa Barbara County Public Health Department: https://publichealthsbc.org/
FOR THE GENERAL PUBLIC
The health and safety of visitors to Santa Barbara, as well as our local residents and workforce, is of paramount concern during a time of uncertainty worldwide. Visit Santa Barbara is committed to providing accurate and timely information. Below are resources for travel in the Santa Barbara South Coast.
Does Santa Barbara have coronavirus (COVID-19) cases? How many cases are there?
- We do have confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Santa Barbara County. The Santa Barbara County Public Health Department website is the best source for public health information: https://publichealthsbc.org/
- Visitors already in the area are encouraged to follow healthy travel practices when traveling, in accordance with CDC guidelines (see below) and follow the state order (above).
- Visitors are encouraged to confirm in advance all reservations and travel plans directly with their service providers, businesses and attractions.
Questions about future travel plans
Examples: Should I cancel my plans? When should I rebook?:
- We sympathize with your uncertainty and frustration. Our best advice is to make your personal assessment using the resources on our travel advisory page, such as the California and Santa Barbara County public health department websites, which provide the latest information. When the right time comes, our community would love to welcome you.
- Official estimates about the duration of coronavirus in our state and region are continually being updated by new findings, so we hesitate to provide information today that could be outdated tomorrow.
- This is a personal decision and, unfortunately, we can’t decide that for you.
Info on attractions and transportation:
- Dining and attractions:
- Click here for a list of options.
- Santa Barbara Municipal Airport (SBA): https://www.flysba.santabarbaraca.gov/
- Amtrak trains: https://www.amtrak.com/ or 1-800-USA-RAIL (1-800-872-7245)
- Santa Barbara Airbus has temporarily suspended service.
- Highway and road conditions, Cal-Trans: http://www.dot.ca.gov/cgi-bin/roads.cgi or call 1-800-427-7623
- There are no cruise ships currently scheduled to visit Santa Barbara. The City of Santa Barbara’s Waterfront Department oversees booking and servicing of cruise ships visiting Santa Barbara. Waterfront Department: https://www.santabarbaraca.gov/gov/depts/waterfront/default.asp
- On March 9, the city announced it would request cancellation of planned cruise ships until a CDC advisory around cruise ships has lifted. (Ten visits were planned from April through June 2020.)
Healthy travel practices:
- Santa Barbara County Public Health Department is the best source for local public health information, such as coronavirus in the community or workplace.
- The World Health Organization and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (or CDC) have advised travelers throughout the world to follow best-health practices any time when traveling, including:
- Stay home if you are sick
- Avoid contact with people who are sick
- Wash hands often
- Cough into your elbow and sneeze into a tissue
- Avoid touching your face, eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands
- Be aware of the latest travel advisories from the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention and S. State Department
Resources for the general public:
- Santa Barbara County Public Health Department’s regularly updated coronavirus page: https://publichealthsbc.org/
- SBCPHD Novel Coronavirus Information Line: 805-681-4373 (Recorded message about the status of the outbreak, what to do if you have symptoms, etc.)
- City of Santa Barbara Waterfront Department: https://www.santabarbaraca.gov/gov/depts/waterfront/default.asp
- California Department of Public Health: https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CID/DCDC/Pages/Immunization/ncov2019.aspx
- CDC Travel – U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advice to travelers: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/index.html
- S. Department of State – official travel advisories outside and within the U.S. are posted here: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/ea/covid-19-information.html
- Visit California: https://www.visitcalifornia.com/attraction/travel-alerts