Table of Contents
- 1 Can I travel internationally during the COVID-19 pandemic?
- 2 Do I need a COVID-19 negative test if am travelling between US states but transit through a foreign country?
- 3 Is it mandatory to test negative for COVID-19 when entering the US?
- 4 Can an airline deny boarding a passenger if they don’t have a negative COVID-19 test?
Can I travel internationally during the COVID-19 pandemic?
CDC recommends delaying international travel until you are fully vaccinated.
What happens if I don’t take a test and want to travel to the US?
Air passengers traveling to the US are required to present a negative COVID-19 test result or documentation of recovery. Airlines must confirm the negative test result or documentation of recovery for all passengers before boarding.
Who is required to get a COVID-19 test when entering the US?
CDC issued an Order (amended October 25, 2021) that requires all air passengers aged two years and older coming to the United States, including U.S. citizens and those who are fully vaccinated, to present a negative COVID-19 test result from a nucleic acid amplification test (NAAT) or antigen test (“viral test”).
Do I need a COVID-19 negative test if am travelling between US states but transit through a foreign country?
If you booked an itinerary from a US state or territory to another US state or territory and the itinerary has you taking a connecting flight through a foreign country, you do not need to be tested. An example of this situation is an itinerary booked between the Northern Mariana Islands (a US territory) and the US mainland via Japan.
Are you required to get a COVID-19 test to fly back to the U.S.?
What should I do if am overseas and I can’t get tested before my flight during the COVID-19 pandemic?
Passengers should contact the airline regarding options for changing their departure date to allow time for a test, see if the airline has identified options for testing, or if there are options available for changing their flights to transit through a location where they can get tested before boarding their final flight to the United States.
Is it mandatory to test negative for COVID-19 when entering the US?
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued an Order on January 12, 2021 requiring proof of a negative COVID-19 test or documentation of having recovered from COVID-19 for all air passengers arriving from a foreign country to the US.
When should I get a COVID-19 test before travelling to the US?
Testing 1 day before departure for travelers who are not fully vaccinated reduces the risk of transmission during travel and of importing additional COVID-19 cases into the US.
What are the requirements for entering the US through air travel during the COVID-19 pandemic?
Can an airline deny boarding a passenger if they don’t have a negative COVID-19 test?
Airlines must confirm the negative test result for all passengers or documentation of recovery before they board. If a passenger does not provide documentation of a negative test or recovery, or chooses not to take a test, the airline must deny boarding to the passenger.
Does the COVID-19 negative test order apply to land border crossings?
No, the requirements of this Order only apply to air travel into the US.
Do fully vaccinated travelers need to be tested for COVID-19 before leaving the United States?
Fully vaccinated travelers do not need to get tested before leaving the United States unless required by their destination.