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What Are U.S. COVID Travel Requirements and How Can Seven Corners Help?

Angela Borden | May 13, 2022

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When traveling into or out of the United States, it’s important to know the travel requirements for both your destination and your return. By having the most up-to-date information before your trip, you’ll be prepared for a smooth journey from start to finish. Seven Corners can help prepare you by providing current information on travel requirements to avoid any hiccups along the way.

Before we get to U.S. COVID travel requirements, note that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) continues to recommend all travelers wear a mask, avoid crowds, social distance from anyone who is not traveling with them, and wash their hands often or use hand sanitizer. Masks are required on planes, buses, trains, and other forms of public transportation in the United States as well as in transportation hubs such as airports.

These guidelines seem pretty simple, but we know travel during a pandemic can be confusing. There are many different requirements depending on where you’re going, where you’re from, and when you’re traveling. It’s important to do your research and understand what measures you must take to travel — and get back home — wisely and safely.

Are There Travel Restrictions for Domestic Travel in the U.S.?

Before taking part in domestic travel in the U.S., you should research the current COVID-19 situation at your specific destination. Each state is impacted by COVID-19 differently, so it’s important to know when you’ll need to wear a mask, where you’ll need to show proof of vaccination, and more. If you’re traveling by air, you should check if your airline requires any testing, vaccination, or other documents before the day of your trip.

Do I Need A COVID Test to Enter the United States? 

If you are a U.S. citizen or permanent resident traveling to the U.S. by air, most travelers must have a negative COVID-19 test no more than one day before traveling and a completed and signed attestation.

Non-U.S. citizens who are fully vaccinated or those who are vaccinated but meet the exception criteria must provide proof of vaccination or exemption as well as a negative viral test no more than one day before boarding their flight to the U.S. and a signed and completed attestation. Non-U.S. citizens who are not fully vaccinated and do not meet the exception criteria may not enter the U.S.

Additional requirements may apply

Do I need a COVID Test to Fly?

U.S. residents who are flying domestically do not need a COVID-19 test. However, travelers flying internationally are required to show proof of a negative COVID test taken within 24 hours of departure. Documentation of recovery from COVID, as defined by the CDC, can also apply.

What COVID Test is Required for Travel? 

According to the CDC, most travelers must have a COVID-19 viral test within one day of traveling to the U.S., and, regardless of citizenship and vaccination status, show a negative result from this test to the airline before boarding. This does not apply to travelers who can provide Documentation of Recovery from COVID-19 as described above.

If you’re traveling outside the U.S., check if your destination also requires a negative COVID-19 test result and if they have additional testing requirements. Some countries may require tests performed by a specific, trusted entity.

Will the COVID Vaccine Be Required for Travel? 

The COVID-19 vaccine may be required for travel, depending on your destination. Also, regardless of vaccine mandates, your destination may require you to present a negative COVID-19 test result from a Trusted Testing Partner within one day of boarding your flight. 

Requirements for Travel to Hawaii 

Hawaii is a popular destination for travelers everywhere. As of March 25, 2022, the Safe Travels Hawaii program was concluded and there are no longer any COVID-related requirements for domestic travelers. However, those arriving from international airports must still comply with U.S. federal requirements.

Travel Requirements for U.S. Citizens Returning to the U.S. 

The CDC’s guidelines, as of Dec. 6, require most U.S. citizens returning to the U.S. to show documentation of a negative COVID-19 test result within 24 hours of the flight’s departure to the United States. This must be done prior to boarding. Airlines will review the negative test result before you board your flight.

If you’re like most, 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 find a testing location near you. 

Travel Requirements for Non-Citizens to Enter U.S. 

The CDC’s guidelines, as of Dec. 6, require most non-U.S. citizens entering the U.S. to show documentation of a negative COVID-19 test result within 24 hours of the flight’s departure to the United States. This must be done prior to boarding. Airlines will review the negative test result before you board your flight. Additional requirements apply.

What If I Test Positive for COVID Before or During My Trip? 

Seven Corners can help in several ways. If you need medical care, your medical expenses for treatment for Coronavirus contracted on your trip can be covered by our trip protection plans and our Seven Corners Travel Medical Plus plan.

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

Extending your 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 after your diagnosis to let us know about your situation.

Extending your travel medical plan 

If you test positive during your trip, you may have to quarantine until you test negative, even if you’re not symptomatic. That means you’ll likely have additional associated expenses such as lodging and food. 

For minimal additional cost, you can extend your Seven Corners Travel Medical Plus plan for up to 364 days. Contact us as soon as possible after your diagnosis to arrange the extension. 

Using trip protection coverage for related expenses

Benefits of trip protection may include coverage for trip interruption and travel delay. If a COVID-19 test undertaken to comply with federal regulations for re-entry to the U.S. determines that you are positive for COVID-19, then we would consider you to have a covered Trip Interruption claim for “sickness” if a Physician or Legally Qualified Physician (as defined by your Plan) determines that you must interrupt the trip due to this sickness, subject to the standard terms and conditions of your Plan. You could also have a payable Trip Interruption claim if you are forced to quarantine as a result of a positive COVID-19 test.

Travel Delay coverage typically covers different expenses than Trip Interruption coverage. This coverage may also be triggered by a positive COVID-19 test if–as a result–you are forced to quarantine.

For more information, visit the Coronavirus and Trip Insurance FAQs.


 

The following disclaimer applies to RoundTrip plans only.

Important Information from the United States Fire Insurance Company

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Insurance benefits are subject to limitations and exclusions, including an exclusion for pre-existing conditions. The insurance provided by the plans is in excess of all other valid and collectible insurance and indemnity.

Trip insurance within the plans is underwritten by United States Fire Insurance Company. Benefits listed can vary by state of residence. Travel assistance services in the plans are not insurance, and they are provided by Seven Corners Assist. Individuals looking to obtain additional information regarding the features and pricing of each travel plan component, please contact Seven Corners at 1-800-335-0611.

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