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COVID-19 Testing For Travel

As more people get vaccinated, you might think that travel restrictions Covid-19 necessitates will be eased, and you can travel freely. The vaccination acts to reduce the impact of the virus on you, reducing your need for medical assistance, but you are at risk of catching and spreading the Covid-19 virus. This risk is considerably less than that of an unvaccinated person, and the CDC (Center for Disease Control) strongly recommends vaccination before travel.

Even if you are fully vaccinated, you still need a PCR covid test for travel for most destinations.
A covid test before flying is necessary to return to the US.

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1. To receive same day results, tests must be administered by 1:00 pm.
   Otherwise, you will receive your results the following day.
2. In the rare instance that your sample needs to be retested a lab technician will be in contact with you.
3. If you are planning for air travel, we advise you get tested 48 hours prior to your travel date.

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Where Can I Travel To?

You can travel anywhere inside and outside the US provided:

You do not have Covid-19 symptoms (this applies even if you’ve been vaccinated or had it in the past).
You are not diagnosed with Covid-19 or suspect you may have covid (not everyone has symptoms).
You have not been in close contact with someone with Covid-19 symptoms in the past 14 days.
Your destination is open to travelers.

Although you can travel anywhere, the current advice is to avoid international travel unless fully vaccinated. States and countries classify as:

• Level 4 – very high risk, and you should not travel to these areas.
• Level 3 – high risk, and you should avoid non-essential travel to these areas.
Level 2 – moderate risk, and you should avoid these if you are vulnerable to illness
• Level 1 – low risk, and you should still exercise precautions of masks and distance.
• Unknown – avoid non-essential travel because there isn’t enough information to assess risk.

The best places to travel during Covid-19?

The best places to travel during Covid-19 are those low-risk countries like Australia and parts of Africa. Unfortunately, a Covid-19 travel ban means you are unwelcomed to visit Australia except for exceptional reasons. The whole of the United States and Canada classes as high risk, and you need to exercise caution to travel. Covid-19 travel restrictions vary between states and countries.

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Domestic Travel

Restrictions

Fully vaccinated persons can travel within the US provided they follow the standard travel precautions and individual State rules. Covid-19 travel restrictions vary by state, but the CDC recommends:

Getting vaccinated before you travel.
• Getting a PCR test before and after your trip.
Self-quarantining for a full seven days after your return home.

Your destination state may have increased testing and quarantine requirements, and these may change rapidly in response to a surge in covid.

Always check a few days in advance to verify Covid-19 requirements for your destination state.
*We are not listed on the pre-travel program for the state of Hawaii.

Recommendations

Travel recommendations from the CDC vary between vaccinated and unvaccinated persons.

Before You Travel
Check the Covid-19 travel requirements for you your destination State and your home because all domestic travelers must comply with individual State, Territory, and Tribal rules regarding Covid-19.

 

To check for recommendations and updates on travel destinations, visit the CDC’s page for travel recommendations by destination.

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/map-and-travel-notices.html

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While You Are Traveling
All US travelers must:
Wear a mask covering the nose and mouth on all public transport and while in transport hubs. The virus is spread by airborne droplets.

Avoid crowds and maintain 6 feet (2m) clearance from anyone who is not a traveling companion. Covid-19 is a socially transmitted disease.

Practice hand hygiene – keep washing your hands or use hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.

After You Travel

Travel is risky as you encounter different populations. After a domestic trip, even if you have a vaccination, you must self-monitor for potential Covid-19 symptoms. If you get symptoms, isolate as a precaution, and get a PCR test.

 

Some people are vulnerable to severe illness and potential hospitalization if infected with Covid-19. Protect these people by avoiding any contact for a full fourteen days after your trip.

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International Travel

Restrictions

The situation changes every week, but some countries allow US visitors provided you comply with Covid-19 testing and vaccination requirements. It’s worth taking out travel insurance because Covid-19 travel bans may occur with little warning if your destination experiences a surge in cases. Some countries require all visitors to quarantine for a set time or until they have a negative test result after arrival.

Always check a few days in advance to verify Covid-19 requirements for your destination country.

Recommendations

Covid-19 travel restrictions vary depending on your vaccination status and your destination. Ideally, don’t travel internationally unless fully vaccinated.

Before You Travel
Check the Covid-19 travel restrictions in your destination country and what you need to do when returning home to the US. If you fail to comply with the destination country’s rules, you will be sent home or put into quarantine.

 

To check for recommendations and updates on travel destinations, visit the CDC’s page for travel recommendations by destination.

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/map-and-travel-notices.html

 

If you are fully vaccinated, you don’t need a PCR travel test before traveling abroad unless that is a requirement of your destination country or airline. Without a vaccine, you must have a negative viral test (1-3 days) before traveling regardless of your destination rules. Most countries and airlines require you to have a negative PCR travel test within 72 to 96 hours of departure.

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While You are Traveling
Follow the same guidelines for domestic travel:

Wear a mask covering the nose and mouth on all public transport and while in transport hubs. The virus is spread by airborne droplets.

Avoid crowds and maintain 6 feet (2m) clearance from anyone who is not a traveling companion. Covid-19 is a socially transmitted disease.

Practice hand hygiene – keep washing your hands or use hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.

 

Before you return to the US, you must have a negative PCR test for travel (even if vaccinated) up to three days before return or proof of recovery from Covid-19 in the past three months.

After You Travel

International travel is risky as you may encounter different Covid-19 variations. After a trip, even if you have a vaccination, you must self-monitor for potential Covid-19 symptoms. If you get symptoms, isolate as a precaution and get a PCR test.

 

All US returnees must get a PCR test within three to five days after traveling. If you are unvaccinated, in addition to getting tested, you must also isolate for a full seven days after traveling. Some people are vulnerable to severe illness and potential hospitalization if infected with Covid-19. Protect these people by avoiding any contact for a full fourteen days after your trip.

 

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Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need a Covid-19 test to travel?

The legal requirement for a Covid-19 test before travel depends on your destination. Coming back to the US from overseas, you need a negative PCR test for travel (within three days before arrival) or evidence that you have recently (past three months) recovered from Covid-19. Regardless of legal requirements, it makes sense to have a negative PCR travel test before traveling because then you reduce the risk of dealing with being ill with Covid-19 away from your home base.

Do I need a Covid-19 test for air travel?

Anyone boarding a plane to the US must have a negative PCR covid test for travel. Most airlines for domestic and international flights will require a negative PCR travel test to reassure them that you are fit to travel and present minimal risk to staff and other passengers. Before flying, you need to check the Covid-19 travel testing requirement for your destination and the airline. Even if you don’t need a test before flying, it is a sensible pre-flight precaution.

Do I need a Covid-19 test for Domestic Travel?

If you are traveling within your state, leaving for under 24 hours, visiting for under 24 hours, or commuting for essential work, then you probably don’t need a PCR covid test for travel.  All States can impose restrictions to protect their people, before traveling to another state, you need to check the regulations because these will change if there is a surge or a decrease in the level of infection rate in your home State or your destination State.

Do I need a Covid-19 test for International Travel?

There are two sets of rules about testing – your home rules and your destination country. The general advice is don’t travel unless it is essential. Some countries have closed their borders, and other relatively high-risk countries are welcoming tourists. Most countries allowing visitors have a rigid testing policy of a pre-arrival negative PCR travel test, tests at the airport, and quarantine arrangements. The precise testing and quarantine arrangements vary, and you need to check the most recent regulations posted by your destination country. You need a negative PCR travel test to come home, so it is wise to prebook testing for the return trip as part of your holiday arrangements.

Do I need a Covid-19 test to take a cruise?

The CDC conditional framework for allowing cruise ship operators to start offering holidays involves extensive testing before your trip and onboard. Currently, there is a recommendation to avoid cruise ships because it involves close contact and a lack of social distancing. If you plan a cruise, you need to find out what the cruise operator’s testing regime will be for your trip. You may opt to have a PCR travel test before and after your trip as your risk management process.

Do I need a Covid-19 test for camping?

Camping covers a range from youth summer camps, wilderness backpacking, and family holidays under canvas. An organized summer camp will have a PCR travel testing protocol for before, during, and after the camp. You need to check with the organizers for the precise requirements.

Backpacking or a family holiday will need you to follow the rules of your destination State or Country.  It will also depend on the campsite rules, but physical distancing and ventilation are generally straightforward when camping.

If you are camping with a group of friends and relatives, it is helpful for everyone’s peace of mind if everyone has a negative PCR covid test for travel before the trip.

What is an RT-PCR Test?

The RT-PCR test is a nucleic acid amplification test (NAATs), which is the preferred viral test for FDA, CDC, and EAU for travel.

Why Do I Need an RT-PCR Test to Travel?

Although vaccination minimizes the risk of you catching and spreading Covid-19, it does not eliminate it. Anyone can catch and spread this virus. Many people show no symptoms of having the disease and can unknowingly spread the virus.

An RT-PCR test before you travel reassures the transport provider and the other people you encounter that you are not a risk for spreading the disease. The test before traveling benefits you and your family because you are traveling with people free from Covid-19, and you minimize the risk of becoming ill away from home during this pandemic.

How far in advance should I get an RT-PCR to travel?

Most airlines require a negative Covid-19 test within 1-3 days of travel. To protect yourself and others from infection, maintain sensible precautions before and after your negative test result. Check with your airline to see their Covid-19 policy before booking any appointments.

When will I receive my test results?

To receive same day results, tests must be administered by 1pm. Otherwise, you will receive your results the following day. In the rare instance that your sample needs to be retested a lab technician will be in contact with you.

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