Jan. 18, 2021

Travel Restrictions in the Age of COVID: Know Before You Go

Travel Restrictions in the Age of COVID: Know Before You Go

If you’re yearning to get away and have your sights set on visiting an international destination, you might want to get caught up on the latest travel guidelines before you book that vacation.

Starting Tuesday, January 26, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) will require that everyone entering the US (including returning US citizens and Legal Permanent Residents) must present a negative COVID-19 test, taken within three calendar days of departure or proof of recovery from the virus within the last 90 days​. Airlines must also confirm that passengers either have the negative test result or proof of recovery before boarding their flight and must deny boarding if passengers do not have the proper documentation.

Even with these restrictions in place, if you educate yourself and get tested, you can find some amazing travel bargains and even get a chance to quarantine in paradise. Barnes, Leslie and Cubby talked with CNN’s Holly Firfer and talked about the current state of travel both domestically and abroad. 

These new guidelines come weeks after the CDC passed down new requirements for travelers coming from the UK to the US. In response to the new, and potentially more contagious, strain of coronavirus coming from across the pond, the CDC began requiring travelers from the UK to provide evidence of a negative COVID test prior to boarding their flight. These updated guidelines were put into place after this new strain was discovered in several states, including New York, Colorado, California, and Florida.

So, before you book that dream vacation, make sure you do your homework. Since each state has their own regulations regarding COVID, check with the CDC website for all of the latest updates. You should also visit the State Department’s travel information site for everything you need to know about traveling abroad and check with the airline for any updates prior to your trip. Make sure to keep your mask and hand sanitizer close by and maintain social distancing during your travels to protect yourself against the virus. And, when you come back rested and relaxed after your getaway, the CDC recommends that travelers get tested again three to five days after arrival and self-quarantine for seven days, even if they have tested negative. 

A little homework is all you need to dust off that passport and hit the skies. By the way, if you want to vacation Barnes-style, the Four Seasons Costa Rica has all of the makings of a dream getaway.