Traveling will be back, and we’re planning on it being this year — just later in 2021 than we all wish. If you’re looking to join us at Travel with GLOBIO, you should expect a Covid test on your journey, and more than likely more than one.
According to recent guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), anyone entering the US through an airport, arriving from anywhere in the world, cannot board their flight without presenting proof of a negative Covid-19 test taken no more than three days before the departure time. That is like to be the case on your journey overseas from the US. (IATA, the International Airline Travel Association, is on the verge of piloting their new app Travel Pass with several international carriers. This Travel Pass may replace the old yellow vaccination card we all use to carry. More in a future blog post.)
Like so many other diseases — cholera, yellow fever, Hepatitis, small pox — you will need to prove you’re clean when you depart, and when you arrive, in the US and in the country of destination. Not fighting the wave, and riding with it will be the key to safe, hassle free international travel. Of course, GLOBIO will update you on the latest before any travel, when we finally get back in the air. We are getting word from folks we consult, and trust, that carrying proof of vaccination, like your yellow vaccination card, with certified Covid test and vaccinated clearly marked, will become the standard. If you want to get a sense of the requirements that are in place, and will be likely be expanded upon before we travel late in 2021, check out the FAQ page at CDC:
2020 was a confusing travel mess for all of us, especially the airlines. While these new guidelines are a victory for an airline industry looking to adapt to a global testing approach, in order to boost traveler confidence, there remains little consistency with regard to the requirements and testing protocols.
Until more airlines get on the same page, the lack of an international standard for whether testing is required, which tests are acceptable, and how testing data are shared and validated by airlines and governments leaves room for problems. We will keep you posted here in Travel with GLOBIO on the latest we know, and how we are moving forward.