Due to expected turn of events this year 2021, it is no secret that COVID-19 still continues resulting to increase in number of infected. This has affected multiple industries including various airlines and flight activities secondary to suspension of mass gatherings.
COVID-19 Travel has been not recommended especially to United States. However, some travelers do not have much of a choice but to migrate; to assist you on the how to and methods in order to travel to United States this 2021, here are some of the important things you should be aware of.
The New Air Travel Order
The Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) requires all air passengers that desires to enter the United States, inclusion of not only non-citizens but also citizens and green card holders, to present a negative COVID – 19 test taken 3 days prior to the departure date or evidence that the traveler has recovered from the virus within the last 3 months. Denial of boarding pass would be done once no COVID – 19 tests was provided by the passenger.
However, according to CDC, these guidelines are only for domestic travel within the United States. All routine visa services at all U.S. Embassies and Consulates have been temporarily suspended. Date of resume is yet to be announced by the officials.
Mode of Travel: Air and Sea
There are different ways to travel from one country to the United States. From a pre-pandemic point of view, one can travel by air and by sea. However, due to COVID-19, cruise ship passengers no longer exist as per CDC’s No Sail Order.
CDC does not recommend traveling via cruise ship secondary to its higher risk of infection. Therefore, the only possible way to immigrate is by air.
Traveling by air would require more documentations than the pre-COVID 19 ritual. The traveler must contact their airline of choice for specific information about testing requirements needed for travel. Airlines have their own modification of travel policies to execute CDC’s new order. Contacting them first hand would prevent flight conflicts and other legal matters.
Preparation Prior to Travel
To be further educated regarding traveling to United States or any foreign countries. Here are some ways that can help:
- Stay updated on Embassy websites about COVID – 19 for more information on the status of the specific country desired to go to.
- For United States, visit CDC’s webpage about COVID – 19 Travel.
- Contact the airline of choice or travel operators regarding their updated travel protocols and their restrictions.
- Check the Department of Homeland Security website about the recent travel limitations to the United States.
Many have been considering travel with the desire of going back home, however, due to stricter travel guidelines, return to home had been a lot more complicated than the usual. Hoping that the year 2021 would be a lot lighter and welcoming for everyone is the only thing we can continuously pray in order to be fully back home. For more information, contact an immigration lawyer near you.