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Travelers Need a 'Plan B'

May 30, 2021 • 2:54 pm CDT
(Vax Before Travel)

The US Department of State announced on May 28, 2021, 'if you are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and are planning international travel, please consider the recent order requiring pre-departure testing to travel or return to the USA applies to all air travelers, even those who are fully vaccinated.'

An updated listing of the sixteen COVID-19 vaccines globally available is listed on this webpage.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) now requires all air passengers entering the United States (including U.S. citizens and Lawful Permanent Residents) to present a negative COVID-19 test, taken within three calendar days of departure or proof of recovery from the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus within the last 90 days.

Moreover, airlines must deny boarding passengers who do not provide documentation of a negative test or recovery.

If you test positive before traveling to the USA, you will be denied boarding and may have to undergo a mandatory quarantine at your overseas location.  And unexpected delays or quarantines may result in unexpected travel expenses.

Furthermore, local governments may have travel restrictions in place, including testing requirements, stay-at-home orders, and quarantine requirements upon arrival. For up-to-date information and travel guidance, check the state or territorial and local health department where you are, along your route, and where you are going.

As the US travel industry gradually recovers, prepare to be flexible during your trip as restrictions and policies may change during your travel.

If traveling by air, check if your airline requires any health information, testing, or other documents.

The CDC suggests having a plan prepared in case you need to access general medical care in another country as the pandemic has strained healthcare capacity in some areas. Before traveling abroad, travelers should consult with their personal physician if they have specific questions or concerns regarding their individual medical situation.

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