CDC COVID Travel Update
Updated: Jan 23, 2021
The CDC recently came out with a new requirement starting January 26, 2021, for ALL international travelers, including US citizens. The CDC order states that all travelers flying to the US from abroad will have to show proof of a negative COVID test before boarding their flight. DC
Who is affected?
Everyone traveling to the US on international fligths, including US citizens. You must show a negative test even if you are flying on a charter flight or private jet. There are a few exceptions including children under 2, airline crew, federal law enforcement agents and active duty military.
What countries does this apply to?
All of them! Airlines can aks for temporary waivers for certain countries where testing supplies are inadequate, but at this time they have not indicated which ones might fall into this category. The requirement DOES NOT apply to US terretories such as Puerto Rico and USVI.
What kind of test and when?
You must get tested no more than 3 days before boarding your flight to the US and bring proof of the results with you. Both PCR and rapid antigen terste are accepted. Without the proper documentation you will be denied boarding of your flight.
What if I am vaccinated?
You must still show proof of a negative test!
I recently had COVID, do I still need to test?
If you tested positive within the last 3 months and no longer have symptoms you are not required to test again. Per the CDC, you can travel as long as you have written permission from your doctor or a public health official. You must also bring your positive test result with you to show the airline.
We make it a point to stay on top of the ever changing rules and regulations in order to best advise our clients who will be traveling. This is one of the reasons it is so important to use a Travel Advisor! There are constantly so many changes happening within our industry.