Fully Vaccinated, Can Travel
November 08, 2021
Tips for Traveling to the U.S.
November 8 marks a significant milestone in the progress of worldwide recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic: fully vaccinated non-U.S. nationals who provide proof of full vaccination and a pre-departure negative coronavirus test result will be able to enter the United States.
U.S. airlines have been preparing for weeks, if not months, to implement the new global framework and are eager to welcome back travelers from across the globe. Airlines for America (A4A) is grateful for the Administration’s efforts to reestablish international travel in a manner that prioritizes the health and wellbeing of passengers, and A4A carriers are eager to reunite the countless friends and families who have not seen each other in nearly two years.
Passengers flying to the U.S. will encounter a new travel journey. Throughout the pandemic, U.S. airlines have made enhancements from check-in to deplaning for an improved customer experience with enhanced disinfection protocols and new touchless technologies. Before packing for the next trip, consider incorporating these travel tips for a seamless travel experience.
Consult the airline website for guidance
Utilize the information made available through the airline. When booking flights, check with your airline’s website to ensure compliance with COVID-19 vaccination and testing requirements at your destination country.
Download your airline’s mobile app
Airlines’ mobile applications are the best source of information for an upcoming flight. Passengers can check in and receive updates on flight status, gate information and baggage tracking in one central location.
Digitalize your COVID-19 documents
Minimize the number of hardcopy documents in your carry-on bag and reduce the number of manual checks at check-in counters by making digital copies of your COVID-19 vaccination card, COVID-19 test results and passport.
Wear a face mask
Remember to bring a face mask or covering to wear during the entire travel journey. Face masks are required onboard aircraft and in airports. U.S. airlines are strictly enforcing this requirement in collaboration with the Transportation Security Administration and Federal Aviation Administration.
Allow for extra time to get through security checkpoints
Many people are flying for the first time since the onset of the pandemic and some security screening lines may be longer than before the pandemic due to rising travel demand. Plan accordingly and allocate additional time to get to your gate.
Be prepared with a snack and empty water bottle
Some concession vendors are still operating with limited hours or have not reopened yet. Pack a snack and take an empty water bottle that can be filled after the security checkpoint.