The world is reopening! It’s so exciting to be able to fly again, explore new places, even get a stamp on the passport! Here are some useful things to keep in mind when considering international travel.
According to the U.S. Department of State, it is now safe for U.S. Citizens and permanent residents to travel internationally – although it isn’t recommended for those who still haven’t been fully vaccinated. On top of the usual concern of travelers getting and maybe spreading Covid-19, there’s now an added challenge: Covid-19 variants. This doesn’t mean you shouldn’t travel, but it is important to follow the destination specific guidelines, keeping you and those around you safe. You can find the guidelines per destination here.
A smart thing to do, for added peace of mind, is enrolling in the U.S. Dept of State’s STEP (Smart Traveler Enrollment Program, so you can be located in an emergency abroad. By signing up, the traveler will receive important information on the destination country and help the U.S. Embassy, family and friends locate them should an emergency arise.
A good tip is to keep the contact details for the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate – they’re available for emergencies 24/7, overseas and in Washington D.C.
Do you have a passport? There’s been a surge in passport applications, with some taking up to 12 weeks to be fully processed. If you’re planning on traveling abroad and don’t have a passport yet, make that your priority; besides that, some countries require that passports be valid for 6 months after the departure day from the destination and may require entry visas, which could delay having your necessary travel documents even more.
According to the official government websites, there are a few main things to watch out for when travelling internationally. Before and during your trip, it’s important to follow all requirements from the airlines and destination, such as wearing masks, taking tests, etc. More so, It has never been more important to purchase travel insurance; with guidelines constantly being updated, one must prepare for the event of a trip being cancelled last minute.
Upon return to the U.S., one must first have a negative Covid test result no more than 3 days before travel OR documentation of recovery from Covid in the past 3 months – you will not be allowed to board the plane back to the U.S. if these steps haven’t been followed.
Although not encouraged, those traveling unvaccinated have specific guidelines to follow. Before traveling, in addition to the recommendations for fully vaccinated people, one must also get tested for Covid-19 1-3 days before the trip. During the trip, wearing masks and avoiding crowds – especially staying 6ft away from those not traveling with you – is very important, as is disinfecting your hands as often as possible.
When arriving back home, not only the usual guidelines for vaccinated people should be followed, but on top of that one must self-quarantine for a full 7 days after travel (14 days if you’re going to be around people with increased risks of illness).
So, where can you go? You’ll find a list with a sample of countries that are open to American tourists below. If your chosen destination isn’t listed, contact us or reach out on social media and we will answer your country-specific questions, plus we will help you get there!
Some main countries that are open for U.S. travelers include (these are current as of 5/27, for the latest information, visit our Covid-19 Resources page):
Even with so many guidelines, the sense of freedom that comes with knowing you can travel internationally again after a year of pandemic is priceless. We are excited to send our clients on adventures again! Contact us and start planning your next trip.