Air Travel and COVID-19

Well as you all have heard, that air travelers must show proof of a negative COVID-19 test before boarding a plane to return to the United States within 72 hours prior to travel.  This becomes effective January 26, 2021. Even with the vaccine you will need the test.  Other countries such as Canada, Mexico, France, UK, Iceland and pretty much the rest of the world require a negative COVID-19 test for entry along with your passport with an expiration date of 6 months after your return date.  The good news about this is that a lot of resorts are providing these tests.  Some are free, some have a charge to them.  Checking with your resort is the best way to find out what you need to do to obtain a test.  I was chatting with another travel agent who said that she had clients traveling to the Dominican Republic and they had to cancel because they could not find a way to get a test scheduled in the time range to return.  Please keep in mind that this is to try and flatten the curve and that the virus has already mutated.  If you become ill with the virus, many resorts will have a “COVID Wing” where you can stay if you test positive and are not able to go home but that will come with an expense.  Hint, purchase the travel insurance, have a little extra in case you need to change your plans, book with a travel professional that can help you navigate these uncharted waters.

Happy Travels!

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