Big news! The CDC has lifted the COVID testing requirement for people traveling from a foreign country back into the US. We break down what this means and things to know about travel below.
I’m traveling out of the country. What does this mean for me?
It means that you no longer have to have proof of a negative COVID test in order to return to the United States.
When does the COVID testing requirement go away?
Is this permanent?
The CDC will reassess the decision every 90 days and may reinstate it if there is a need (like in the case of a new variant).
Will I need to take a COVID test at all for international travel?
Maybe. Some countries still require a negative COVID test for entry. This tool shows entry restrictions and travel requirements.
What about masks?
Similar to testing, mask requirements depend on where you go. Some destinations may require them while others don’t. You can see requirements here, but we recommend keeping one with you just in case anything changes.
I’ve been waiting for this! Where should I go?
Travel is bounding back in a major way, even when the testing requirement for reentry was in place. Many destinations, like Italy, France, Greece, and other European countries are absolutely slammed this summer and even into the fall. However, destinations like Turkey, Norway, Colombia, and some Caribbean islands have some availability, so it is possible to travel this year.
Anything else I should know before I travel?
Be patient. Travel is in high demand, and many hotels, resorts, and tour operators are experiencing staffing shortages. This means there may be a longer turnaround time in the trip planning process, limited availability, and higher rates. Plus, everyone is trying to keep up with the every-changing protocols in each destination. That being said, the excitement and joy that comes with travel is better than ever (especially if you haven’t been anywhere since 2020), so pack your patience and soak up every moment of your next trip!