Our vacations, business travel and adventures have been put on hold for what seems to be forever. The good news is the wait is over as more countries like France, Spain, and Mexico are opening up to international travel and tourism and it’s time to start planning!
Popular destinations and many travel suppliers require visitors to present proof of vaccination, negative COVID-19 test results and Travel Medical Insurance to cover potential quarantine expenses, emergency medical treatments, and other expenses as a result of an unexpected illness, injury or event. We’ve put together a recipe for traveling post-COVID-19 so you can travel worry-free.
Step 1. Get an Approved COVID-19 Vaccine
Contact your local health department for more information on COVID-19 vaccination in your area. Get vaccinated and keep proof of vaccination. Here is a list of approved vaccinations in the US.
Step 2. Pack the Essentials
Remembering everything to pack for your vacation can be stressful, especially post-pandemic. A good practice is to make sure you bring extra face masks and keep them close at hand in your carry on luggage as masks are mandatory on most public transit – planes, trains, buses and car hires. Here’s a list of airlines that still require masks during local and international flights. Other essential items for your trip are hand sanitizer, empty water bottle to fill up after security, gum for the plane, cleaning wipes and headphones.
Step 3. Check Health Advisories
Keep up to date with the current Health Notices and Advisories found on the CDC Travel Advisory CDC Travel Advisory (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention). Not only does this site provide insights on COVID-19 travel health information, but environmental, politique and other viruses information.
Step 4. Check Global Entry Requirements
Most countries require proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken 72 hours before departure, followed by an additional COVID-19 PCR test upon arrival and a 14 day self isolation. However, every country has different prerequisites. Here is a link to a great resource stating countries’ conditions and requirements written by the US Travel Insurance Association. Don’t forget, global entry requirements can change without notice, so if you are planning to travel, it is crucial to check with your destination’s restrictions and get the latest information. If you are unsure at any time, contact your destination’s embassy with the US.
Step 5. Make sure you have a TSA PreCheck.
Long security lines can be a higher risk activity from a transmission standpoint, so take advantage of TSA PreCheck. It costs $100 for a Global Entry, five year membership and allows you to go through significantly shorter security lines at the airport and the ability to move faster through the line. If you are a Global Entry, NEXUS or SENTRI member, your membership number can be used in airline reservations to receive TSA PreCheck. Here is a link to find more information about TSA PreCheck applications, and more.
Step 6. Get Travel Insurance
Many countries are requiring visitors to possess Travel Medical Insurance upon arrival, including coverage of costs for potential COVID-19 medical expenses as well as quarantine coverage. The US Travel Insurance association also states which countries require Travel Insurance and the required coverage upon visitation here. Not all travel insurance providers are the same. When comparing plans, carefully review medical coverage, trip cancellation, pre-existing medical condition exclusions and always make sure they include COVID-19 coverage.
Here’s a non exhaustive list of all the countries that require Travel Medical Insurance with specific COVID-19 coverage requirements:
- Costa Rica
- Czech Republic
- Dominican Republic
Countries like Mexico haven’t made it a requirement yet, but highly recommend it. According to the World Travel and Tourism Council we are expecting more and more countries to make it mandatory for entry.
Goose Insurance makes buying travel insurance quick and painless from your phone. Goose not only offers International Travel Medical Insurance with up to $5 million in coverage, but also COVID-19 Insurance to protect you from unexpected pandemic expenses. Simply download our app for a quote and let us do the rest. To ensure you are covered for COVID-19 related medical expenses, be sure to add the COVID-19 Insurance policy to your quote.