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Know Your Travel Policies With COVID-19 Testing

December 13, 2022

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Wait! Before booking that holiday flight, do you know if you're even able to fly? What COVID-19 test do you need? When do you need to test?

With regulations that seem to differ with every destination, it’s quite easy to get confused. 

First off, let’s take a look at the most obvious  – masks..

  1. Face coverings must be worn at all times

One thing to keep in mind when you are at the airport is that your face covering must be worn at all times when you are both indoors at the airport and in the airplane.

It’s part of U.S. federal law to help keep everyone safe. You may be denied boarding and face penalties if you don’t comply.

However, these don’t apply to children under two or have a qualifying disability that makes you unable to wear a face mask.

Here are a list of acceptable face masks for travel:

And here’s a list that are not acceptable face masks for travel:

Be sure to wear the proper masks during travel so you will be able to board the plane to your destination.

  1. Airline Policy During Your flight

When you are boarded on the airplane, you also have to remain with a mask on for the duration of the trip except for some activities where you can momentarily put your mask off to the side.

This includes tasks like:

Of course, if oxygen masks drop down from the cabinet, then you would want to remove your face covering before you place the oxygen masks over your nose and mouth. This is to ensure that you are getting the oxygen flow directly during times of turbulence.

  1. Health And Testing Requirements International Travel

The White House has now announced that vaccines will be required for international travelers coming into the United States starting on November 8, 2021.

You also want to consider the health and testing requirements for international travel. Each country has their own COVID-19 travel guidelines, so be sure to do diligent research for your trip before flying. Sherpa.com is a great resource with traveling restrictions for international destinations by country – which can be accessed here.

For those that are traveling (or returning) to the United States, the CDC requirements are as follows:

If you’re vaccinated:


If you’re not vaccinated:


Here are the CDC guidelines that define ‘full vaccination’ status:


Recommendations For Domestic Travel

Unlike international travel, domestic travel (within the United States) doesn't require strict testing requirements – especially for those who are already vaccinated.

Here you can find a list of recommendations from the CDC that outline requirements based on vaccination status.

For Vaccinated People:

For Non-Vaccinated People:



If you are looking to get tested as an individual or for your organization you can schedule an appointment right here.



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