THE PREMIER APPROACH: Aviation Restrictions and Updates (COVID)
Tired of all the COVID articles? As are we, so let’s keep this short and as useful as possible. Here is some information to help you navigate through the frequently changing COVID travel restrictions and requirements.
WHAT DO YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT USA ARRIVAL RESTRICTIONS?
- By Presidential Proclamations 10143, 9992, and 9984, travel to the US is restricted for non-citizens who have been physically present in the following areas or countries within the last 14 days of desired entry into the US:
- Schengen Area, United Kingdom, Ireland, Brazil, South Africa, China, and Iran.
- See Presidential Proclamations for further details and available exemptions.
- Effective January 26, 2021, the CDC issued an order that requires all arriving air passengers to the USA from a foreign country to show proof of a negative COVID test:
- The CDC published a very good FAQ covering the order, which is frequently updated:
- Some quick notes:
- The COVID test must be administered within 3 days of a flight’s departure to the USA.
- CDC will accept results from a viral test that could be either an antigen or NAAT test. This includes the Rapid antigen test.
- Operating crews are exempt from the order if they follow the industry standard protocols for the prevention of COVID found here: SAFO20009, COVID-19: Updated Interim Occupational Health and Safety Guidance for Air Carriers and Crews.
- Passengers who have recovered from COVID are exempt if they provide documentation of a positive viral test from the last 3 months and a letter from their healthcare provider or a public health official that states they have been cleared for travel.
- Passenger are required to show negative test results to the aircraft operator before boarding and must submit to the operator a signed attestation letter.
- The passenger keeps the test results and may be asked to show the same by authorities on arrival.
- The operator is required to keep the attestation letter on file for 2 years.
- There currently is no regulation in the USA that requires a vaccine or offers an exemption with the vaccine.
DO YOU HAVE TO QUARANTINE AFTER YOUR ARRIVAL INTO THE USA?
- There is no CDC requirement to quarantine after arrival, but it is recommended.
WHERE CAN YOU GET YOUR NEXT COVID TEST WHILE TRAVELING OUTSIDE USA?
There are several sources you can use to find and arrange for a COVID test in a foreign location:
- Use this link to find overseas COVID testing locations: Find PCR, Antigen & Antibody test near me for Travel
- Most major hotels and resort offer COVID testing services.
- The local ground handler may be able to pre-arrange COVID testing for your arrival, onboard the aircraft, in the terminal, or at your place of lodging.
Every foreign country has their own arrival regulations, and they vary with regards to testing, quarantine, exemptions, and prohibited travelers. Due to these vast complexities, stringing together the COVID requirements for a trip can be challenging, and that challenge increases with each additional destination. It is best to work with an experienced trip support provider, like Flight Pro International, and our vast network of local ground handlers, to get latest information at each location.
If you have any questions or need to make an update to your aircraft profile, the Global Trip Support (GTS) team at Flight Pro International has you covered!
FLY HIGH, FLY FAR!
Written by: Tim Bartholomew, Executive Director, Operations