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

Angela Borden | Jul 11, 2023

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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 get up to date with their COVID-19 vaccines, wear a mask, get tested before travel and after their arrival, and wash their hands often or use hand sanitizer. Masks are recommended 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, and although some of the most severe threats of the pandemic are likely behind us, there are still some travel requirements that can be confusing. Requirements may be different 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 has been 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.

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

The CDC no longer requires most travelers flying from a foreign country to show a negative COVID-19 test result or documentation of recovery in order to enter the United States.

What COVID Test is Required for Travel?

If you are traveling to the U.S., you are no longer required to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test to enter the country.

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.

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 or travel medical plans.

Extending your coverage

If you contract COVID-19 during your trip, you may have to quarantine until you test negative, even if you’re not symptomatic. Our trip protection plans allow you to extend your plan if your return is delayed due to unavoidable circumstances beyond your control. This extension ends either on the date you reach your originally scheduled destination or five days after your originally scheduled return, whichever happens first. An additional extension may be allowed specifically for quarantine if you purchased your plan before July 11, 2023. Contact a licensed Seven Corners agent if you have questions.

Our travel medical plans may also allow you to extend your coverage if you contract COVID-19 and cannot return home on the date you originally planned. Contact Seven Corners as soon as possible after your diagnosis to let us know about your situation, and we can help arrange an extension if you are eligible under your plan.

Using coverage for related expenses

Benefits of your plan may include coverage for trip interruption and trip delay. These benefits can be helpful if you test positive for COVID-19 and a physician determines that you must interrupt your trip and quarantine due to the illness. Trip interruption and trip delay typically cover different expenses. Trip delay is meant to help with expenses that arise due to an unexpected lag or pause in your trip. Examples include lodging and meal expenses.

Trip interruption, on the other hand, can address expenses related to you having to alter existing transportation arrangements — perhaps you have to rebook your original flight at a greater cost. Be sure to read and understand your plan so you know when these benefits would apply and what expenses they could cover.

For more information on the trip protection plans, visit the Coronavirus and Trip Insurance FAQs.

The following disclaimer applies to Seven Corners Trip Protection plans only.

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