Traveling abroad during COVID can certainly be confusing. There are a number of rules and restrictions in place, and on top of that, those rules and restrictions are constantly changing. It’s understandable if you feel overwhelmed right now, but traveling abroad during COVID doesn’t have to be complicated. Simply having the right information and resources on hand can make a huge difference.
To make your life easier, we wanted to put together a list of the top COVID resources for traveling abroad. We hope that you can reference these resources while planning your trip and that they will help you feel a lot more confident and calm about traveling abroad during COVID.
COVID-19 Country Specific Information
This COVID-19 country-specific guide created by the U.S. Department of State will keep you in the loop regarding everything you need to know about your destination country. Simply type in your destination country and click on the link. You will be directed to that country’s specific information page, where you can learn about its entry and exit requirements, COVID testing requirements, quarantine information, and so much more.
International Travel Guide
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has created an excellent international travel guide. It goes into detail about everything you need to know about traveling abroad so that you don’t have to second guess your plans. Some of the things that this guide covers include:
- International Travel Requirements and Recommendations
- Information About Returning to the United States
- Common Travel FAQs
- COVID-19 Travel Recommendations by Country
- Mask Requirements
- Cruise Ship Travel
This guide is updated frequently, so check back often to keep up with all the latest information about your destination country.
What to Know About Travel Insurance During COVID
Deciding whether or not to get travel insurance for your trip abroad can be tricky. You don’t want to spend the extra money on insurance if you don’t have to, but you also don’t want to be left unprotected if something goes wrong.
If you’re still on the fence, this blog covers the top 5 things you need to know about obtaining travel insurance during COVID. You’ll learn about the different types of insurance, the circumstances in which you should get travel insurance, when you can skip travel insurance, how to choose the right insurance, and so much more.
Precautions to Take While Traveling During COVID
Staying safe while traveling abroad is of the utmost importance. This is especially true when traveling abroad during COVID. The best way to protect yourself is to take precautions and ensure that you’re doing everything you can to keep yourself safe and those around you safe. If you aren’t sure where to begin, this guide from the Mayo Clinic contains some excellent travel advice. You’ll learn all about what you should consider before traveling, how to stay safe while traveling in your destination country, the health and safety items you should pack, and more.
Testing Requirements to Re-Enter the United States
Another thing to consider while planning your trip abroad is what you’ll need to do in order to re-enter the United States. There are numerous testing requirements that you’ll need to complete before hopping on your return flight home. Understanding all the requirements can be somewhat confusing – we get it!
Fortunately, the U.S. Department of State has a page filled with everything you need to know about the testing requirements for re-entering the U.S. They cover where you can get tested, when you’ll need to be tested, what type of test you can take, and more.
Entry Requirements by Country
When traveling abroad during COVID, one of the most important things you should know is the entry requirements for your destination country. Luckily, this travel restrictions map created by Kayak has all the necessary information. Simply find your destination country on the map, click on the “show more” link, and you will be directed to a page that discusses the entry requirements for that country. It really is that easy!
We hope that these resources will give you peace of mind while planning your travels. The world is an incredible place, and we should all try to see as much of it as possible!
If you plan on traveling abroad, stay safe, stay healthy, and enjoy your trip. If you need a passport or visa for your international trip, you can get the application process started on the Swift website. If you have any questions about getting a passport or visa, please contact our team. No matter where you plan on going, we’ll get you there!