Wearing Masks during Travel
Effective immediately travelers must wear a mask in all public spaces, including but not limited to inside airports, hotel lobbies and facilities, and while on commercial airplanes, trains, interstate busses and ferries.
Some airlines require specific mask-types. For example, Lufthansa flights into and out of Germany require KN95 masks.
Testing for Passengers Arriving via Air from International Destinations
All international passengers flying to the United States must present a negative Covid test, taken within 72 hours, before they board their flight. This includes US citizens returning from vacation. Additional information can be found via https://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2021/s0112-negative-covid-19-air-passengers.html
Quarantine Requirement for Passengers Arriving from International Destinations
The leaders of several cabinet departments are to develop the details of the quarantine order in the near future.
It is likely that the future quarantine order will follow roughly current CDC guidance for flyers arriving from international origins:
Get tested 3-5 days after travel AND stay home for 7 days after travel.
Even if you test negative, stay home for the full 7 days.
If your test is positive, isolate yourself to protect others from getting infected.
If you don’t get tested, it’s safest to stay home for 10 days after travel.
Avoid being around people who are at increased risk for severe illness for 14 days, whether you get tested or not.
It is likely from a practical standpoint that compliance will be voluntary to the extent that enforcement mechanisms are not in place nationwide.
Advice for those who are Abroad or have Plans for International TravelThose with tickets to fly internationally: Keep your travel plans intact, but start exploring your options if you have to self-quarantine for 7 days if arriving after February 4 (when details on the new quarantine policy are due). If you want to change your flight plans most airlines have implemented policies which may allow free changes or cancelation if needed.
If you are scheduled to depart the country and return to the U.S., it is also advisable to wait before modifying your trip until quarantine details are announced, at which time we will work with you to accommodate any needed changes if you booked your trip through our agency.
It is the responsibility of the passenger to check up-to-date Covid-19 entry and test timelines/quarantine requirements for both your connecting cities and at final destination(s). A Covid test that must be taken up to 48 hours before arrival may be required. More Covid testing may be required once you reach your destination. As of January 25th, 2021, all passengers returning to the United States will be required to test for Covid in their destination before boarding their return flight. Quarantine for up to 7 days or more may also be required upon return to the USA. Please plan accordingly. L & B Travel is not responsible for any Covid related travel disruptions or entry restrictions/changes at destination before or during travel. It is important that the passenger(s) monitors all travel announcements/updates daily especially related to Covid. Airline Ticket changes or cancellations can incur fees.
Travel Insurance will not cover disruptions before or during Travel due to Covid reasons.
You can read the relevant sections of the White House Executive Order here.COVID-19 FAQ:
1. Are territories or possessions of the US considered foreign countries for the purposes of this Order?
No, this Order does not apply to US territories such as Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, etc.
2. When do I need to get a test to travel to the US? And what kind of test do I need?
Within 3 days of departure flight leaving the destination. It must be a viral test. At this time it does look like rapid tests will be accepted.
3. What if I recently recovered from COVID-19?
If a passenger has tested positive and recovered, a doctor's release for travel will be accepted. Some people can test positive for up to 3 months even though they are not contagious.
4. What happens if I test positive?
Passengers would need to quarantine back at the hotel or a quarantine area for a minimum of 10 days. Some hotels are offering complimentary quarantine rooms for up to 14 days.
5. What kind of documentation of my result do I need to present?
A certified test result either on paper or electronically that can be viewed on your phone.
6. Does this apply to all flights? Or just commercial flights?
Yes - all flights into the United States. Even charters & private planes.
7. What if I have the COVID-19 vaccine?
Do I still need to provide a negative COVID-19 test result or documentation of recovery from COVID-19? Yes. At this time, the Order applies to all passengers. Even if you've had the vaccine.
8. Where can I find hotels that offer COVID-19 testing?
There are a number of properties that have onsite testing, such as some AM Resorts, Hard Rock properties, Unico, Nobu, etc. Please consult your travel specialist for options in your destination.
9. How much does a covid test cost?
It varies, but a lab test typically costs $150, whereas a rapid test typically ranges from $25-$50.
10. What if I get tested in my destination, but my flight is delayed and the test no longer falls within the 72-hour period. Would I need to test again?
Yes, the airline will only allow you to board if the negative test you present was taken within 72 hours of the flight. Therefore, in that scenario, you may need to get tested again in order to meet that timeframe. Some airports are offering rapid testing onsite.
11. What if I am only connecting through the US, and my origin or final destination is another country?
At this time, the guidelines do require testing for passengers in transit through the US, even if it is not your final destination or your origin.
12. How do I know what the Covid restrictions & requirements are for my destination(s)?
13. Where in Los Angeles can I get tested for Covid?
14. How can I renew my passport for international travel?
Please ensure your passport is valid at least 6 months past your scheduled return date.