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Domestic and International Travel During COVID19—All You Need to Know

2021 brought a lot of positive COVID-related news to the fore. Thankfully, vaccines started rolling out, and Americans are getting their jabs as we speak! This also meant that traveling both internationally and domestically became a lot easier for vaccinated individuals. This is definitely good news for travel enthusiasts who were confined to their homes for the past year and a half.


However, the threat hasn’t gone away, and you still need to be cautious. Here are some of the considerations:


International traveling


As for those who have had COVID19 during the past three months, they need to show documentation of recovery and negative test results in order to travel to the US. Contrary to popular belief, there is no need to get retested for COVID after you arrive in the US—unless you have some symptoms. According to the CDC, you can test positive for COVID19 again for up to three months, but you won’t be infectious during this time.


Suppose you wish to travel outside of the US and are unaware of the travel regulations. In that case, we recommend reaching out to your destination’s Ministry of Health or Office of Foreign Affairs. The US Department of State might be able to help you out.


Domestic traveling


The CDC recommends delaying all sorts of unnecessary travel if you’re not fully vaccinated as of yet. You can only travel safely after you’ve had your jab from an FDA-authorized vaccine.


If you’re not vaccinated, you need to get tested at least 1 to 3 days before the trip. The CDC also recommends wearing your mask at all times, whether you’re traveling via buses, trains, planes, or any other mode of public transportation. Keep on washing or sanitization your hands as frequently as you can. Maintain social distancing while you’re traveling and avoid crowds.


After you’ve reached your destination, it's recommended to get retested around 3 to 5 days after traveling. Even if you test negative, we still recommend self-quarantine for around a week. Self-monitor your symptoms during this time.


If you’re vaccinated, you still need to follow the physical distancing guidelines and practice hand hygiene.


Good Hearts Testing aims to make traveling within and outside the US a lot easier for you. If you’ve got to catch a flight the next day, we would be glad to arrange a same-day PCR test for you. Book an appointment if you’re in Miami.


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