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The Columbus community has been able to safely reopen amidst the COVID-19 pandemic by ensuring proper health and safety protocols are in place, including a citywide mask mandate. Currently, a statewide curfew is in effect from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. indefinitely to help slow the spread of COVID-19. The Franklin County stay-at-home advisory, also in effect indefinitely, asks citizens not to leave their residences or travel outside of Ohio unless it is absolutely necessary. Learn more about the travel advisory and how you can help.
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Helpful Hints

There are a lot of things that differ from country to country, including many that might not be top of mind when traveling. Use these below helpful hints when traveling to Columbus, or anywhere in the United States, you're sure to fit right in to this open and welcoming city. 

Time Zone

Columbus is on Eastern Standard Time (EST).

Consumption Age

The drinking age in Columbus is 21 years old. Many bars are open until 2 a.m.


Columbus drivers drive on the right side of the road and follow miles per hour metric.

Smoking Policy

In Columbus, there is no smoking allowed inside public buildings or on public patios. Smoking is only permitted in designated areas.

Getting Here

Many nearby cities are a short drive to Columbus. Detroit is the closest gateway with direct international flights and just a 3 hour drive or 1 hour flight to Columbus.


Columbus residents take their Ohio State sports pretty seriously. When someone yells "O-H", respond with "I-O" and you'll fit right in.