5 Things to Do Before You Fly Out of the Country during COVID-19


5 Things to Do Before You Fly Out of the Country during COVID-19

5 Things to Do Before You Fly Out of the Country during COVID-19 

It has been two years since the pandemic started, and now, most countries have started opening up – relaxing travel restrictions, opening borders, etc. 

BUT! With the dreaded virus still around, you still need to be careful so that you won’t place yourself and your loved ones at risk.

When to Avoid Travel

Before we get to the specifics, let us just emphasize that you should not travel if:

  • You are sick and have symptoms.

  • Your COVID-19 test came out positive. DO NOT travel at least until after ten (10) full days from the start of your symptoms OR the date you tested positive.

  • You are still waiting for your COVID-19 test results.

  • You are under home quarantine after exposure to a COVID-positive individual. In which case, forego traveling ten (10) days from the date of exposure.

Tips for Outbound Travel

Now, let us get to the nitty-gritty. If you plan to travel out of the country, here are five tips to remember:

 

Tip #1: Make sure your COVID vaccination records are updated before even booking that ticket. 

CDC reminds us that getting inoculated is still the best way to protect ourselves from severe infection and help slow down the spread of the virus. Unvaccinated travelers need to follow additional precautions before, during, and after the trip.

 

Tip #2: Read up on your destination’s COVID risk assessment reports.

You need to know your destination country’s COVID-19 situation. The CDC posts risk level assessment alerts that list down the different countries – Level 1 has the lowest risk, while Level 4 has the highest.

Familiarize yourself with your destination’s entry and exit procedures and requirements. You wouldn’t want to be turned back or denied entry because you missed something.

Check the requirements of transport operators, whether they be airlines, buses, or cruise ships.

 

Tip #3: Prepare that negative COVID-19 test.

Be prepared to show a negative result or documentation of COVID-19 recovery at the airport.

Unvaccinated travelers or those not up to date with their COVID vaccines usually need to have a viral test taken no more than 72 hours before the trip.

 

Tip #4: Pack a “COVID” kit.

Your kit should have enough face masks, soap, sanitizer, wipes, thermometer – you know what we mean. But don’t pack them all! You need to wear masks on all public transportations too, and you probably need some sanitizer on your carry-on.

Don’t forget to check the liquids rule! You’re only allowed to bring certain milliliters per item – rubbing alcohol included!

 

Tip #5: Follow Social Distancing Guidelines.

Stay at least 6 feet away from other people, especially if you are at a higher risk of getting very sick with COVID-19.

 

So there you have it. Five (5) Tips BEFORE you fly out of the country:

  • Get vaccinated/update your records.

  • Learn the COVID risk assessment reports.

  • Take a COVID test.

  • Pack your COVID kit.

  • Follow public health safety protocols. 

Bonus Tips for your Flight Back

Because you will also need to prepare for your flight BACK to the US, here are some more bonus tips for you! Don’t forget the following:

  • Before you board the plane, you will need a negative COVID-19 test result, taken no more than 24 hours before your trip. 
  • Children under two years old are exempted from the tests.
  • Contact tracing is still enforced.
  • And you will need to take a COVID-19 test within 3-5 days from arrival in the US.

Again, before you get too excited about your holiday or your next overseas trip, keep these tips in mind! 

 

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If you have questions about flying to the US or what type of visa you need to do so, and want immediate answers to your queries, feel free to schedule a consultation to get expert advice from an experienced attorney.

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