Covid Travel Requirements Update

IMPORTANT – Travel, Testing and Health Requirement information is provided by your Travel Advisor as guidance only and can change without notice. Always reconfirm information by checking government & airline websites before booking and traveling.

Covid Travel Requirements Update

As of Tuesday, September 15, 2021

Latest:

Passports Warning: There are 2.2 million passport applications right now! Estimated wait times are 12 to 18 weeks. Be sure to check your passport's expiration dates and renew as soon as possible!

Most Cruise Ships departing the United States now require testing within 2 days of departure---make sure to verify with the cruise line.

Disney Cruise Lines will not accept an Antigen test for cruising.

You can view the US State Department's updated list for COVID-related travel requirements by clicking here

France: Now must be fully vaccinated, plus provide attestation that you are free from Covid. Non-vaccinated are not allowed for non-essential travel (no tourists).

Switzerland: Must be fully vaccinated, must complete a Travel Entry form. To enter indoor locations (restaurants, events, museums, etc.) you must test every 3 days.

Spain is open and now requires that you are fully vaccinated or you must provide a negative test. All travelers must complete the Sanitary Control Form.

Peru: Fully vaccinated travelers no longer need to provide a negative test. Tourist numbers to Machu Picchu are reduced, must get your tickets within a tour or if buying individual tickets you will need to buy them about 2 months ahead of time. Machu Picchu now has 4 different routes through the ruins and you are only allowed to go on one route per day—you won’t see it all in one route. Advise visiting at least 2 days so you can do two of the routes.

The Bahamas is requiring that all cruise passengers 12 and older and crews be fully vaccinated before visiting the Bahamas. All cruise lines must go by this mandate. This includes cruises going to the cruise line’s private islands.

Austria and Croatia now have expiration dates for fully vaccinated travelers. Vaccinations expire in Austria 270 days after the last dose, Croatia 210 days. This means that travelers that are fully vaccinated now will not be able to travel next summer without a booster type vaccination. Austria will allow fully vaccinated travelers but non-vaccinated must quarantine for 10 days

England is now open, you must be fully vaccinated, have a negative on a test within 72 hours of flying, and you must complete the Public Locator Form plus you must be tested 2 days after your arrival in England.

Tahiti is requiring fully vaccinated plus you must have a negative PCR test taken within 48 hours of departure.

Disneyland and California Adventure are now open to out of state visitors: you must have a park ticket and a reservation to get into the parks. One park per day only. Some attractions could be closed.

Italy: Must be fully vaccinated. Plus must have negative test within 72 hours of arrival and must complete the Digital Passenger Locator Form. Unvaccinated must also quarantine for 5 days and then test negative.

European travelers must bring their Vaccination Cards with them, some countries are not allowing people in restaurants, hotels, museums, etc. without the Vaccination Card!

Some tour companies are requiring that all passengers traveling from September 1 to December 31 must be fully vaccinated: Trafalgar, Brendan, Insight, Contiki, Globus (through March 2022), Cost Saver.

Las Vegas is open and functioning well! Masks are not required as a general rule for travelers however some businesses may require them. All business/hotel workers are required to wear masks.

Puerto Rico is open to fully vaccinated and you must show your vaccination card to the hotels and restaurants (August 23rd). If you are not fully vaccinated you will have to test within 72 hours of arrival. All must complete the Travel Safe document. If you are not vaccinated you must show your negative test to the restaurants and hotels.

Turks and Caicos now is open only to fully vaccinated travelers who must also provide a negative test within 3 days prior to travel.

Finland is open for fully vaccinated travelers only.

River Cruises have started up on the Danube and the Rhine River and will continue through the Christmas Market season. France and Spain River cruises are also open.

Popular destinations with no restrictions or few restrictions: Mexico, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Hawaii (for vaccinated).

Alaska and Caribbean Cruises have started up.

Mexican Riviera Cruises: Carnival starts 7 Day cruises on August 21st, 4 day cruises on September 27, Princess starts 5 day on September 25 and 7 day on October 16th. NCL is scheduled to start October 24th.

Germany is now open for fully vaccinated and you must complete their digital registration.

Denmark is now open to fully vaccinated, unvaccinated must test upon arrival.

Morocco is now open for fully vaccinated or must have a negative test within 48 hours.

Portugal is now open for negative test within 72 hours but the rule is evaluated every two weeks and can change.

Italy has removed the requirement that you must be on a “Vaccinated Flight”. Must be fully vaccinated or negative test within 48 hours. Still must wear a mask at all times---even outdoors.

Galapagos Islands are open to fully vaccinated.

Phuket Thailand will open July 1st (rest of country is not) must be fully vaccinated.

The Netherlands: The Netherlands will reverse its requirement to quarantine for Fully Vaccinated travelers effective September 22nd. Only Fully Vaccinated travelers will be allowed to enter The Netherland and a negative test is also required. Must complete the Health Declaration Form and the Quarantine Declaration Form. For connecting passengers you must complete both forms, stay in the connections zone and must not be there for more than 48 hours.  Exception:  River Cruises: The river cruise companies are working with the Netherlands government to allow guests to transit from the airport to the ship within 12 hours—they will provide a “Support Letter” to the traveler. When completing the Quarantine Declaration Form you need to tick the box marked “I fall into one of the exemption categories, then: Staying in The Netherlands for a short period of time.” River cruise companies should be contacting your passengers that are traveling in September to keep them informed. Contact your river cruise company for the latest information. All pre-cruise packages are cancelled in The Netherlands and the ship’s itineraries will be slightly altered. If you booked a separate Pre-Cruise stay in The Netherlands you need to cancel that and arrive in Amsterdam the same day the ship sails.

France will open to U.S. citizens on June 9th, you must be fully vaccinated and you must have a negative PCR test within 72 hours. If you are not vaccinated you will have to quarantine!

Spain is open to U.S. citizens that are fully vaccinated, if you are not vaccinated you must have a negative PCR test within 72 hours.

The UK and Ireland remain closed to U.S. citizens until further notice

Greece is open to fully vaccinated or must have a negative test within 72 hours of entry into Greece. Everyone must complete the online Passenger Locator Form before entering Greece.

Jordan is open to U.S. citizens, must have a negative PCR test within 72 hours. Must take an arrival test that must be paid for online before departure--this may change for vaccinated travelers.

Ecuador/Galapagos Islands are open to fully vaccinated U.S. citizens, non-vaccinated must have negative test. If going to the Galapagos you must have a negative test within 96 hours even if vaccinated.

American Queen started sailing on March 14, 2021 and also requires full vaccinations.

New: New York state will remove its quarantine restriction on April 1, 2021. Massachusetts, Maine and Vermont will allow people that have been fully vaccinated (2 weeks after last shot) to visit without quarantine.

Many countries around the world (NOT EUROPE) are opening up to people that are fully vaccinated (two weeks after their last shot), make sure to go online and check the individual country.

New CDC requirement that all travelers flying into the U.S. January 26th or later must have a negative Covid 19 Test within 72 hours of their flight to the U.S.

Hawaii: For the latest information see: https://hidot.hawaii.gov/coronavirus/

NOTE: All visitors to Kauai have to quarantine for 10 days, unless they provide a negative approved test and then quarantine in Kauai for 3 days at a Bubble hotel, then take a 2nd test. When results are received, negative testing travelers will be free to visit the island. You can’t opt out by testing!

The Hawaii pre-travel testing program for COVID-19 started Oct. 15, 2020. Pre-travel testing enables travelers to avoid a mandatory 14-day quarantine if they are tested within 72 hours before their flight to Hawaii departs with an FDA-approved nucleic acid amplification test (NAAT) and can show proof of a negative test result. The State of Hawaii will ONLY accept test results from TRUSTED TESTING AND TRAVEL PARTNERS. Please see list at https://hawaiicovid19.com/travel-partners/ Travelers also will have their temperatures checked upon arrival and must fill out the Safe Travels travel and health form. You must receive a negative test before boarding your flight to Hawaii. If you do not, you will be in quarantine for 14 days—no exceptions! Upon arrival in Hawaii, passengers unable to provide proof of an approved negative test will be required to go into quarantine for 14 days or until they can provide proof of negative test results. For more information and an FAQ please visit https://hawaiicovid19.com/travel/

You must receive a negative test before boarding your flight to Hawaii. If you do not, you will be in quarantine for 10 days—no exceptions.

Hawaii allows Walgreen’s and Costco.com to test, but only at specific locations:

Walgreen’s has only three locations in Utah and one in Montana that will do the RT-PCR testing that is the same as the NAAT Test that Hawaii requires. 

  1. Walgreen’s: 2576 South Main Street, Woods Cross, 801-335-3610.
  2. Walgreen’s: 763 North State, Orem, 801-734-1624
  3. Walgreen's: 3250 South 700 East, SLC, 
  4. Walgreen’s: 1150 11th Avenue, Helena, Montana
  5. Walgreen’s: 391 St George Blvd, St George
  6. Walgreen’s: 1235 West State Street, Hurricane, UT
  7. Walgreen’s: 329 North Sandhill, Mesquite, NV
  8. Walgreen's 1330 Grand Ave., Billings, MT

Costco.com is now approved for the Hawaii restrictions/test. $139.00. The steps are as follows:

  1. Order your test 1-2 weeks before you need to test at Costco.com, you must test within 72 hours of your trip.
  2. Schedule a video observation call (information will be in the kit you receive).
  3. Take the test while being observed by video.
  4. Ship sample to lab.
  5. You will have results in 12 to 24 hours

Appointment required!!! At Walgreen’s, appointments can be made online at: walgreens.com/covid19testing. Enter your zip code and look for your location. All drive-thru testing locations operate outdoors and patients do not leave their vehicles.

For Southern Utah, CVS in Las Vegas will do the testing, $139 cost, insurance may or may not pay for it. Please not, CVS will not guarantee to get the results in time to go to Hawaii.

New Requirement: You must receive a negative test before boarding your flight to Hawaii. If you do not, you will be in quarantine for 14 days—no exceptions!

Inter-Island travel will require a 14 day quarantine, except if you are going to Oahu from the other islands. If your client wants to go to two islands (one of which has to be Oahu), start at the other island first and then fly into Oahu for the last part of the trip. Transiting Oahu on the way from Mainland to others Hawaiian Islands is acceptable.

The island of Hawaii is currently going to do arrival testing in addition to the pre-trip testing, so everyone will be tested upon arrival on the Big Island.

Once the test results are received, the traveler needs to upload negative test results to the Safe Travels website 24-hours before departure to get their QR code. Each traveler must have a valid email and must have a QR code to expedite the verification process when they arrive in Hawaii.

+++Many states are now restricting travel or at least restrictions on eating out, sites, etc. Make sure to look up each state before you book !

Delta Airlines has an interactive Covid-19 Map for their destinations showing whether or not countries are open and the restrictions to enter. https://www.delta.com/us/en/plan-your-next-trip/where-we-fly . Under the map you will enter the citizenship of the traveler (United States) and then as the destination you put the country name. (Not the city code)

UPDATED: New York State, New Jersey and Connecticut Restrictions: Must have negative PCR test within 72 hours, remain in quarantine for 72 hours after arrival, must take test after the 72 hours and if results are negative you can leave quarantine.

Washington DC:Washington DC: Must have negative PCR test within 72 hours or must quarantine if coming from a high risk state (42 states)—Utah and Montana are currently high risk! If staying longer that 3 days must test again.

California: The Lake Tahoe area is closed to visitors for three weeks

Other Destinations Open to US Travelers without Quarantine

Most destinations require a negative Covid-19 Test performed by a CLIA Certified Lab, most do not accept At Home Tests. Some destinations require a pre-registration or a medical evaluation. Make sure to double check all of the details with that country’s website.

IHC will perform the NAAT/PCR test for travel (Hawaii does not recognize this lab yet). You need to make an appointment online then go to any of their testing centers. They will have most results within 24-48 hours, even for travelers. There is a charge of $100 if it is for travel. IHC will NOT bill the insurance company for travel; you must submit the claim on your own.

CRUISING UPDATE:

The CDC is in the process of lifting the cruising ban. Cruise lines will have to follow specific guidelines and will initially need to have “test” cruises with staff/volunteers as passengers to make sure new protocols will be followed. No dates for the first cruises have been announced.

Additional Locations:

Note: many of the Destinations have curfews during the late evenings until early mornings; make sure to check the destination for exact times/conditions.

The US State Department has published the following list that explains travel restrictions to some countries: click here to view US State Department list

Mexico is not requiring a Covid-19 Test

  • Albania: PCR test is not required to enter the country

  • Antigua: Borders are open. All travelers arriving by air must have a negative COVID-19 PCR test result taken within 7 days of their flight. Not required for children under 12 years of age. https://visitantiguabarbuda.com/travel-advisory/

  • Bahamas: Negative PCR test must be taken within 5 days. Effective November 1st, Must also complete an online Health Visa. Additional test will be given after being in the Bahamas for 5 days. Eff: November 15: Must buy Covid-19 Health Insurance. https://www.bahamas.com/tags/covid-19

  • Belize: Must book a Gold Standard Hotel, within 72 hours download Belize Health Ap, Negative Covid-19 PCR test within 72 hours. https://belizetourismboard.org/belize-covid-19-update-for-travellers/

  • Bermuda: Each inbound passenger (regardless of age) must apply for travel authorization, at the cost of $75 per adult and $30 for flight crew and children 9 and younger. Visitors who do not have a negative Covid-19 PCR test result will not be given authorization to travel to Bermuda. Upon arrival, passengers must present the pre-departure negative test results and submit to an additional Covid-19 test and quarantine until the results are ready. More tests are required after day three, seven and 14. Be sure you read and understand all the requirements before you go. https://www.gov.bm/coronavirus-travellers

  • Brazil: Negative PCR test required within 72 hours, must complete a health form

  • Cambodia: You must pay a deposit of $3000 to cover testing and possible quarantine costs. You must possess a negative Covid-19 test result taken with 72 hours of arrival. You must also take two more Covid-19 tests -- on arrival and day 13 of a 14-day mandatory quarantine.

  • Colombia:  Negative PCR test must be taken within 96 hours of departure. https://colombia.travel/en/covid-19-lockdown

  • Costa Rica: Open to all US states from Nov 1, 2020. No longer need a negative PCR test, Must fill out a Health Pass online. https://www.visitcostarica.com/en/costa-rica/planning-your-trip/entry-requirements

  • Croatia: Croatia is now closed to American tourists.

  • Dominican Republic: People traveling to the Dominican Republic no longer have to show a negative PCR Covid-19 test result on arrival. DR authorities will give breath tests to no more than 10% of random passengers plus anyone showing symptoms. You must also fill out a health affidavit. https://www.godominicanrepublic.com/newsroom/coronavirus/

  • Dubai: Dubai borders have opened to all travelers. Remaining U.A.E borders remain closed

  • Ecuador: Open to all international travelers with proof of negative Covid-19 test within 10 days, no quarantine. Galápagos Islands are also open but with proof of negative Covid-19 test within 4 days, mandatory health insurance and health declaration needed. http://www.ecuador.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/Actualizacion-galapagos-ingles.pdf

  • Egypt: Passengers must identify Egyptian cities being visited, submit a fresh PCR test 96 hours before flight. Cruise operations are still closed. Medical Insurance needed.

  • French Polynesia: US travelers are welcome to the islands of Bora Bora. French Polynesia requires a negative Covid-19 test within 72 hours of departure, to be presented before boarding. Passengers must complete a "sanitary entry form" detailing their state of health and agree to report symptoms and submit to additional testing deemed necessary. https://tahititourisme.com/en-us/covid-19/

  • Ghana: Negative PCR test required within 72 hours of scheduled departure from origin. Face coverings mandatory in public.

  • Guatemala: Negative PCR test required within 72 hours of travel to Guatemala. Passengers need to fill the Health Pass Covid-19 Form

  • Honduras: Travel to Honduras is permitted with a negative Covid-19 PCR and/or serology test. There may also be a quarantine requirement for passengers who have symptoms. Honduras is rated Level 4: Do not travel by the US State Department.

  • Jamaica: Negative Covid-19 test within 10 days. Complete a Travel Authorization Form and other possible requirements. May start to require insurance.https://www.visitjamaica.com/travelauthorization/tas/

  • Kenya: Passengers are permitted to enter with a negative PCR-based Covid-19 test conducted within 96 hours of arrival.

  • The Maldives: has reopened to all international tourists. All arriving tourists must present a negative result for a PCR Covid-19 test taken within 72 hours of arrival. There is no mandatory quarantine.

  • Montenegro: Montenegro welcomes Americans with a negative Covid-19 PCR test result or a positive coronavirus antibody test result, neither older than 72 hours. Travelers 5 and younger than do not have to show test results.

  • Morocco: This North Africa favorite is open to specific US travelers only. You must have reservations with a Moroccan hotel or travel agency or be invited by a Moroccan company for business, the US Embassy in Morocco says. A printed, negative Covid-19 PCR test result taken within 48 hours and a serological test (can be outside 48 hours) are required. Expect a health screening, but no mandatory quarantines are in place. Limited flights available.

  • Namibia: Negative PCR test within 72 hours prior to arrival, full travel itinerary to be provided and medical insurance required.

  • Panama: A Covid-19 PCR or antigen test with a negative result, taken 48 hours or less before arrival time is required.

  • Rwanda: Borders open with requirement of negative PCR test 120 hours prior to arrival.

  • Serbia: You must fill out a self-assessment before entering. One notable exception: If entering Serbia from North Macedonia, Croatia, Bulgaria or Romania, US citizens need to provide a negative Covid-19 PCR test result, taken within the previous 48 hours.

  • St. Barts: The island of St. Barts reopened to international travelers in late June. Visitors are required to show a negative Covid-19 PCR test result, taken within 72 hours of arrival. Those staying longer than a week will need to pay about $150 for an additional test on their eighth day.

  • St. Kitts/Nevis: Negative PCR Test within 72 Hours, additional PCR test required at 7 day mark and 14 day mark if staying that long. Must stay on hotel property, must download SKN Covid-19 Tracing mobile app. If you are staying less than 14 days you will have to take a test there and receive a negative result before they will allow you to leave the country.

  • St. Lucia: US citizens traveling to St. Lucia must provide a negative Covid-19 PCR test, taken within seven days of arrival. Visitors must also complete a travel registration form arrive with a printed copy. Visitors must have confirmed reservations at a Covid-certified property for the duration of their trip. And tourists must stay where they have registered unless the hotel has set up an approved excursion.

  • St. Maarten: Has reopened to US travelers on the Dutch side only, you will not be allowed to go to the French side of the island. You must present a negative result from a PCR test for Covid-19 "obtained from a naso-pharyngeal swab only and performed within 120 hours prior to departure."

  • St. Vincent and the Grenadines: US travelers to St. Vincent and the Grenadines must have a negative Covid-19 PCR test result taken five days or less upon arrival. You'll need to quarantine in an approved hotel for five days and get a second Covid-19 test.

  • Tanzania: Open to international travel, Mt Kilimanjaro open with precautions.

  • Turkey: Borders open to all travelers with temperature check upon arrival.

  • Turks & Caicos: Borders are open. All travelers must have a negative Covid-19 PCR test result taken within 5 days of arrival in the TCI. Passengers must obtain pre-authorization via the TCI Assured portal.

  • Uganda: Negative PCR test within 72 hours, must take a PCR within 72 hours of departing home from Uganda

  • United Kingdom: 10-day quarantine is required.

  • US Virgin Islands: Negative Covid test within 5 days if your state shows a positivity rate of 10% or above.

  • Zambia: Zambia is allowing all international travelers to enter. You'll need a negative Covid-19 test result taken at least 14 days before arrival. There's no quarantine requirement unless you show symptoms.