The most frequent question we've gotten from our clients in the last year is, "What are the entry protocols?" When you are traveling internationally, it's important to investigate the countries' entry requirements — and understand the local Covid-19 testing scene. The process of planning to comply with the rules is confusing and ever-changing at best
Regardless of your international destination or vaccination status , all travelers arriving in the U.S. must provide a negative test result before boarding. As of December 6, 2021, all passengers traveling to the U.S. must get tested and provide a negative result for COVID-19 no more than one calendar day before departure. Previously, the requirement was within three days from departure.
But, how do you comply with the entry protocols, restrictions, quarantine rules and testing requirements?
Should you book you COVID-19 tests locally, or purchase at-home tests to bring along on your trip?
And, prepare for the worst case scenario if you test positive abroad. Will your travel insurance cover the additional expenses?
Always check the destination requirements for your layover airports. Some countries have entry requirements, including proof of vaccination, booster, and/or testing that apply to travelers despite your length of stay.
As you plan your next international trip, be sure to research and prepare to abide by the testing requirements at your destination as well as those for when you return home. Remember that these prerequisites might change between booking and traveling—or even while you’re traveling on your trip.
Also keep in mind that vaccination and booster requirements vary from country to country, as well. While you may not need to be vaccinated/boosted for entry, you may be obliged to quarantine and/or subject to additional testing while on your trip.
Here is a handy link to complete and timely information from the US government.
The Timatic interactive world map is designed to guide you through the process of identifying requirements and is made available to you for information purposes only.
Research, preparation, and compliance with your destination's rules are key to a thoroughly enjoyable vacation.
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Scooter Tessari, MCC, owns The Cruise Center, Inc. in Kalamazoo, Michigan, and operates the website Tasteful Journeys devoted to enrichment vacations with a culinary accent and featuring cruises, tours, and custom designed vacation packages.