COVID-19 Travel Alerts

Capitalizing on Columbus’ strengths as a forward-thinking city, we continue to “Live Forward” to help rebuild Columbus’ economy and support the local community during the COVID-19 crisis. Though many events have been cancelled, Ohio has slowly begun the process to reopen doctor’s offices, retail shops, restaurants and bars, salons and general businesses if the proper guidelines are followed. Attractions throughout Columbus remain closed and the Governor has continued the stay-at-home order with those business exceptions.

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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. 



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Columbus is on Eastern Standard Time (EST).



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



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




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





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.




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