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Seven Corners can Help with the New U.S. Travel Requirements

Angela Borden | Apr 5, 2021

Father and son at airport looking at delayed flights

This blog post was updated April 5, 2021.

Effective April 2, 2021, the CDC relaxed travel requirements for fully vaccinated Americans so they can now:

  • Travel within the U.S. without testing or quarantining
  • Travel internationally without a COVID-19 test before departing unless their destination requires it. They are not required to self-quarantine after arriving in the United States.

The CDC continues to recommend all travelers wear a mask, avoid crowds, social distance from anyone who is not traveling with you, and wash your hands often or use hand sanitizer. 

Even with these new simplifications, travel i n the post pandemic world can be confusing! With a slew of different requirements dependent on where you’re going, where you’re from, and when you’re traveling, it’s important to understand what measures you must take to travel wisely and safely.  

The last important change for U.S. travelers occurred on January 12 when the CDC announced specific rules for anyone age two and older traveling to the United States. Effective January 26, airline travelers were required to show proof of a negative COVID test taken within 72 hours of departure. This applies to visitors, U.S. citizens, and permanent residents as well.

This type of requirement raises questions and concerns for anyone planning to travel in the near future. Seven Corners can help you navigate your way through this with some helpful tips and information.  

Research test facilities before you leave the United States.

If you’re like me, you’re wondering how you’ll find a place for testing while you’re abroad. If you can’t get a test, you can’t return home to the U.S., so this is a necessity.

Thanks to the folks at TestforTravel, you can locate testing sites all over the world with their easy-to-use tool. Just enter your destination city, and they display testing locations, the types of tests they administer, and the timeframe to receive results. 

You can also contact Seven Corners Assist. We have relationships with medical providers all over the world, and we can help you find a testing location near you.

What if you test positive?
Seven Corners can help in several ways.

Medical Coverage

If you’re symptomatic and need medical care, your medical expenses for treatment for Coronavirus contracted on your trip can be covered by our trip protection plans and our travel medical plan.

Coverage Extension

Likewise, both plans allow you to extend your coverage if you test positive and must stay abroad for longer than you anticipated.

Extending my trip protection plan

If you’ve been quarantined during your trip, your coverage will be extended for the entire duration of a COVID-19 related quarantine. In addition, coverage will be extended for five additional days following the end of the quarantine if you have not arrived back in your return destination city. Contact us as soon as possible to let us know about your situation.

Extending my travel medical plan

For an additional cost, you can extend your Liaison Travel Plus plan for up to a total of 180 days. This is typically inexpensive to do. Contact us as soon as possible to arrange the extension.

Coverage for additional trip expenses

You’ll have to stay put for two weeks or until you test negative even if you’re not symptomatic. That means you’ll likely have additional associated expenses such as lodging and food.

Trip protection coverage for related expenses

Benefits may include coverage for Travel Delay if you are delayed the required number of hours due to quarantining for a positive test result. This covers additional transportation, meals, accommodations, and nonrefundable, unused prepaid expenses up to the Travel Delay limit stated in the plan. There are other covered reasons for Travel Delay that apply as well.

See our trip protection plans for details

Travel medical coverage for related expenses

If you have a positive test result and your treating physician authorizes you to remain confined in a hotel room, expenses for the hotel stay can be covered under the COVID-19 benefit in the Liaison Plus plan. For coverage to apply, you must be under the care of a duly qualified Physician and staying in a hotel room due to the unavailability of a hospital room due to capacity or distance or to any other circumstances beyond your reasonable control.

Review our Liaison Plus plan

To learn more about other ways Seven Corners can help with COVID-19 travel, visit our Coronavirus Information Center.