International Travel

Testing and International Air Travel

All air passengers coming to the United States, including U.S. citizens, are required to have a negative COVID-19 test result or documentation of recovery from COVID-19 before they board a flight to the United States. See the Frequently Asked Questions for more information. Masks are required on planes, buses, trains, and other forms of public transportation traveling into, within, or out of the United States and in U.S. transportation hubs such as airports and stations.

Check the current COVID-19 situation at your destination.

COVID-19 Travel Regulations Map

Here’s what to know:

  •  Make sure you understand and follow all airline and destination requirements related to travel, testing, or quarantine, which may differ from U.S. requirements. If you do not follow your destination’s requirements, you may be denied entry and required to return to the United States.

  • All air passengers coming to the United States, including U.S. citizens, are required to have a negative COVID-19 test result or documentation of recovery from COVID-19 before boarding a flight to the United States.

  • Make sure that you will be able to get a test at your destination before your return to the United States. Always check and follow state and local recommendations or requirements related to travel in addition to federal requirements.

  • Get tested with a viral test 1-3 days before you travel. Keep a copy of your test results with you during travel in case you are asked for them. Check and follow destination testing requirements—they may require specific types of tests.

  • Don’t travel if you test positive; immediately isolate yourself and follow public health recommendations

Plan Ahead

Check if your airline or destination requires any health information, testing, or other documents. Some destinations require testing before travel and/or after arrival. If you do not follow your destination’s requirements, you may be denied entry and required to return to the United States. You may have to pay any related airline fees. If you test positive at your destination, you might be required to isolate. You might be delayed from returning to the United States as scheduled.

Information about Entry, Testing and Health Requirements can be found on the CIBT Entry Guide

Take steps to reduce higher-risk activities for 14 days before your trip and get tested 1-3 days before you travel. Testing before travel could help reduce the chance that your travel will be interrupted or delayed by COVID-19.

Do NOT travel if you were exposed to COVID-19, you are sick, or you have tested positive for COVID-19. Learn when it is safe for you to travel. Don’t travel with someone who is sick.

Get Tested Before Your Flight

  • Get tested with a viral test 1-3 days before your trip and again no more than 3 days before your return flight to the United States departs.

  • Make sure you get your test results before you travel. If you are waiting for results, delay your travel.

  • Do not travel if your test result is positive; immediately isolate yourself, and follow public health recommendations.

  • A negative test does not mean that you were not exposed or that you will not develop COVID-19. Make sure to wear a mask, avoid crowds, stay at least 6 feet/2 meters (about 2 arm lengths) from others, wash your hands, and watch your health for signs of illness while traveling.

  • Keep a copy of your test results with you during travel. You may be asked for them.

  • Check your destination’s testing requirements before you depart—they may require specific types of tests. If you do not follow your destination’s requirements, you may be denied entry and required to return to the United States.

  • Do NOT travel if you were exposed to COVID-19, you are sick, or you have tested positive for COVID-19. Learn when it is safe for you to travel. Don’t travel with someone who is sick.

 

 

 

Did You Know? 

Travel Frequently? You May be Eligible for a Second U.S. Passport 
Having a second passport is beneficial if you travel abroad frequently to countires requiring visas. It allows you to have one passport with you as you travel, while the second remains at home for visa processing for your next trip abroad. To obtain a second passport, you must meet certain requirements. Visit the CIBT/Visa Central website to learn more.