Covid update and travel: What you should know now

The first and most important thing to be aware of right now is the following excerpt from the U.S. State Dept.’s website. 

The (CDC)  now requires all air passengers entering the United States to present a negative COVID-19 test. This text must be taken within three (3) calendar days of departure. You may also show proof of recovery from the virus within the last 90 days. Airlines must confirm the negative test result or proof of recent recovery for all passengers prior to boarding. ​ Airlines must deny boarding of passengers who do not provide documentation of a negative test or recovery. Click on the CDC link to get the latest Covid update information.

Covid-19 Testing Required for U.S. Entry (state.gov)

What this means for you is that if you leave the country, you will not be allowed to board any flight back to the U.S. without furnishing proof of a negative Covid test within three days of your return flight.  You don’t want to be searching for a test and getting your results back during the last three days of your vacation.  Furthermore, driving into Mexico for recreational purposes is now prohibited, so for all intents and purposes, travel to Mexico is either difficult or not feasible, depending on your means of transport.

Travel Insurance – You want to plan a trip.  We all do!  Travel planning can be a guessing game at any time. With Covid here, nothing is certain and nothing should be taken for granted.  This is why you should consider travel insurance if you’re trying to organize a vacation.  Rather than trying to explain your options here, check out this excellent website from Smartertravel.com.  They’ve done a great job of making all the options, pitfalls, and benefits clear.

Travel Insurance: The Only Guide You Need | SmarterTravel

What About Mexico? – I’ve been doing a lot of checking. Top end Mexican hotels and restaurants are making a herculean effort to stay safe and keep customers protected.  Four and five star hotels are conducting complete sanitizing of the premises on a daily basis, as are top restaurants.  But travelling right now is still not a healthy option and I recommend waiting until vaccines have become generally widespread.  However, you can still dream, right?  Contact me for more information about how we can plan your vacation and even book hotels, tours, and restaurants.  Cover your trip with travel insurance and you can catch the first wave of vacationers, whenever that happens.  I’m no clairvoyant but I’m booking my next trip to Mexico for late September 2021.  And yes, I’ll have travel insurance, just in case.