Updated December 1, 2021
COVID-19 is a rapidly changing situation, with developments in the coronavirus pandemic changing hour by hour.
Our Service Centers are open. We hold the health and safety of our AAA members and employees in the highest regard. Face coverings are required or optional, depending on the location. We comply with all city, county and state mandates. We ask that you please maintain social distancing. AAA can also assist you with member services by phone, email and online.
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AAA is closely monitoring the rapidly evolving COVID-19 situation. We remain in close contact with our travel partners and our travel agents remain available to assist members with any questions or necessary travel changes.
www.AAA.com/Covidmap AAA has developed an interactive map with details on COVID-19 travel restrictions. Just click on the destination you’d like to visit for the latest information.
Find the latest CDC information on travel and travel health notices here: https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/notices
Here are links to the health departments of all U.S. states and territories: https://www.cdc.gov/publichealthgateway/healthdirectories/healthdepartments.html
U.S. Department of State https://www.state.gov/coronavirus/
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Task Force at the White House https://www.coronavirus.gov/
Oregon Coronavirus Information and Resources https://govstatus.egov.com/or-covid-19
Idaho Coronavirus Information and Resources https://coronavirus.idaho.gov/
TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS PUT IN PLACE FOLLOWING OUTBREAK OF THE OMICRON VARIANT
In late November 2021, The U.S. and several other countries enacted travel restrictions following the discovery of a newly detected variant of the virus that causes COVID-19.
CDC UPDATES MASK GUIDANCE DUE TO SPIKE IN COVID CASES CAUSED BY DELTA VARIANT
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued announced interim mask guidance on July 27, 2021 as the Delta variant of the coronavirus circulates across the U.S.
Fully vaccinated people are urged to wear face coverings in public indoor settings in areas of substantial or high transmission, and in other situations as well.
CDC ISSUES NEW TRAVEL GUIDELINES FOR VACCINATED AMERICANS
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced April 2, 2021 that Americans who have received an FDA-authorized COVID-19 vaccine can travel safely within the United States.
As part of the updated travel policy, CDC officials said fully vaccinated tourists will no longer be required to get tested before or after travel unless they are required by the destination.
Vaccinated travelers have been deemed less likely to spread the disease by the latest scientific data, which caused the agency to determine they would also no longer be required to self-quarantine.
The CDC continues to recommend that Americans who have received a full coronavirus vaccine treatment follow the existing health and safety protocols in place, including wearing facial coverings, social distancing and washing hands more often.
EUROPEAN UNION TO REIMPOSE RESTRICTIONS FOR U.S. TRAVELERS
The European Union recommended on August 30, 2021 to reinstate restrictions on non-essential travel by United States citizens as COVID-19 cases surge in the U.S. The restrictions had just been lifted in June. The guidance is a recommendation and individual countries can decide their own travel policies. This means U.S. travelers can expect different travel restrictions across the continent. There are 27 nations in the EU including France, Germany and Italy. In addition to the U.S., the guidance also applies to Israel, Kosovo, Lebanon, Montenegro, and the Republic of North Macedonia.
SHOULD I TRAVEL?
More than a year since the COVID-19 pandemic upended nearly all travel plans, many Americans are getting out again and exploring. Whether planning a trip before the end of 2021 or dreaming of a bucket-list trip later on, AAA advises travelers that things look very different than the last time many took a vacation.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says people who are fully vaccinated with an FDA-authorized vaccine can travel safely within the United States.
CDC recommends delaying travel until you are fully vaccinated, because travel increases your chance of getting and spreading COVID-19. If you are not fully vaccinated and must travel, follow CDC’s recommendations for unvaccinated people.
For those who make the personal decision to travel, AAA advises travelers to take proper precautions to help keep themselves and others safe while away from home.
The bottom line is traveling takes more planning. Book your lodging and activities in advance, and plan your stops for food, gasoline and EV charging. With the surge in travel this summer, many locations and attractions are booked long in advance and you may be out of luck if you wait until the last minute.
AAA has tips and advice for travelers. These tips play an important role in being a responsible traveler.
- Heed all official warnings and remain vigilant while traveling. Refer to the latest updates from The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and U.S. Department of State to help decrease the spread of COVID-19. Check the CDC’s COVID-19 data tracker, municipal and state health departments and local news for updates on coronavirus cases and continue to do so while on the road.
- Check in advance on travel restrictions for each destination you plan to visit. Some states, counties, cities and countries still have travel mandates and/or restrictions in place. AAA has developed an interactive TripTik map with COVID-19 travel restrictions. Just click on the destination you’d like to visit for the latest information. AAA’s US & Canada COVID-19 Travel Restrictions Map at TripTik.AAA.com. (visit AAA.com/covidmap)
- Masks – Face coverings are required on planes, buses, trains and other forms of public transportation traveling into, within or out of the United States, and in U.S. transportation hubs such as airports and stations. Outside of these transportation requirements, some states, counties, cities—and some establishments—have mandates and/or restrictions on where and when masks must be worn.
- Travel by car – Road trips continue to be the preferred way for many to travel, but these trips also require additional planning and preparation. Those who make the decision to travel by car can refer to AAA’s COVID-19 Travel Restrictions Map and TripTik.AAA.com for the latest state and local travel restrictions.
- Plan your stops for food, gasoline, EV charging and lodging along the way.
- If renting a car, ask what has been done to clean the vehicle. Hertz, for example, has introduced Hertz Gold Standard Clean, an enhanced vehicle disinfectant and sanitization process. For extra peace of mind, use disinfecting wipes to wipe down door handles, steering wheels, shifters and control panels.
- Book your lodging, camping and rental car in advance. Some providers are limiting the number of guests and/or allowing more time between guests, reducing availabilities.
- Hotels, campgrounds and other lodging – Prior to any stay, ask what precautions they are taking to protect guests. Ask about social distancing protocols such as capacity reductions, staff requirements to wear masks, and if all amenities are available, such as restaurant dining, pools and fitness facilities.
- Check on the cleaning standards. Many hotels, campgrounds, parks and rental car companies offer enhanced cleaning policies. For extra confidence, look for Diamond hotels that display a AAA Inspector’s Best Of Housekeeping badge.
- When you check into your room, wipe down commonly touched surfaces with disinfectant. Pay special attention to light switches, door knobs, faucets, refrigerator handles, and remote controls.
- Air travel – AAA cautions air travelers that in-flight amenities, including food and beverage services, may be limited or unavailable. Not all restaurants are open at airports. Due to COVID-19, TSA is allowing one oversized liquid hand sanitizer container, up to 12 ounces per passenger, in carry-on bags, rather than limiting those to 3.4 ounces. Masks are also required at airports and on planes.
- International Air Travel – All air passengers coming to the United States, including U.S. citizens, are required to have a negative COVID-19 test result or documentation of recovery from COVID‑19 before they board a flight to the United States. Travelers who don’t provide this to their airline will be denied boarding. There are no test requirements for domestic travel at this time.
- Cruise – Some cruise lines have resumed sailing. Anyone considering a future cruise vacation should talk to the cruise line or a travel agent about the ship’s cancellation policy and to understand what you can expect on a cruise during the pandemic.
- Museums, parks, attractions, etc. – Consider purchasing tickets in advance. With high demand, you may be out of luck if you wait to purchase tickets. Many locations require face masks.
- Bring snacks, beverages and non-perishable foods with you so you can limit the number of stops along the way. Check to see if restaurants offer dine-in service, take-out and/or delivery. Pack picnic supplies and look for scenic stops where you can enjoy the outdoors while social distancing.
- Take all necessary travel documentation, including health insurance cards and proof of COVID-19 vaccines.
- Consider working with a travel agent to help plan your trip. They can help you sort through all of the pandemic-related restrictions and help you get the biggest bang for your vacation dollars.
- Get your car road-trip ready. Breakdowns are always a hassle, and you don’t want to be stranded during the coronavirus pandemic. Find a trusted mechanic nearby at AAA.com/repair.
- Get to the airport at least two hours before your flight. Between a shortage of TSA agents around the country and heavier travel than previously anticipated, TSA says expect long security lines at most airports. One way to expedite the time in line is to sign up for PreCheck®. Always maintain social distancing in security check lines and when boarding the plane. Consider bringing a refillable water bottle and snacks since airports and flights may have reduced meal and beverage service.
For those planning a trip in the West, here are links to COVID-19 travel information for each state:
For more information and to get started planning a future trip, visit AAA.com/Travel. AAA advises that the decision to travel is a personal one that must be made by the individual.
COVID-19 TRAVEL ADVISORIES AND RESTRICTIONS
AAA has developed an interactive map with details on COVID-19 travel restrictions. Just click on the destination you’d like to visit for the latest information.
CDC Requires All International Passengers, including U.S. Passengers, to have negative COVID test: The U.S. Centers for Disease Prevention and Control (CDC) announced that all travelers entering the U.S. from another country must present a negative COVID-19 test, or prove that they have recovered from COVID-19, before crossing U.S. borders. The order went into effect January 26, 2021.
Travel Advisories from the U.S. Department of State: The State Department lifted its Global Level 4 Health Advisory on August 6, 2020 which had advised U.S. citizens to avoid all international travel due to the global impact of COVID-19. The Department of State returned returning to its previous system of country-specific travel advisories. Many nations still have Level 4 “Do Not Travel,” Level 3 “Reconsider Travel,” or Level 2 “Exercise Extreme Caution” advisories. Find the latest information here:
U.S. Borders between Canada and Mexico
The U.S. has lifted travel restrictions at the borders with Canada and Mexico as of November 8, 2021 for fully vaccinated travelers. Unvaccinated travelers will continue to be banned from crossing the borders with Mexico or Canada. Fully vaccinated travelers from Canada and Mexico may enter the U.S. for non-essential reasons such as visiting family and friends, shopping or for leisure. Foreign nationals entering at the Canada or Mexico land borders will be asked about their vaccination status and at the discretion of border protection officers, may be sent to a second screening where they will need to present proof of vaccination.
The U.S. has also reopened air travel, for fully vaccinated travelers, to 33 countries including China, India, Brazil and much of Europe.
The border between Canada and the U.S. is now open to vaccinated U.S. citizens and permanent residents for non-essential travel. As of August 9, 2021, fully-vaccinated foreign nationals may enter Canada, if they can provide documentation including proof of vaccination and a negative COVID-19 test. The U.S. border is still closed to Canadian travelers until November 8, 2021.
The U.S.-Mexico border is closed to nonessential travel. this action does not prevent U.S. citizens from returning home. Air travel between the U.S. and Mexico remains unrestricted. These closures do not include those needing to cross the borders at legal ports of entry for: commerce, trade, education, first-responders, medical or health reasons. The closures have been extended until November 8, 2021.
The borders were first closed in March 2020 with extensions of the closures coming every month since then.
U.S. travelers continue to be allowed to fly into some popular areas of Mexico without any mandated quarantine or testing, but are subject to health and temperature screenings at airports and are required to adhere to local health and safety measures.
People from Canada and Mexico have been allowed to fly into the U.S. with proof of a negative coronavirus test or recovery from COVID-19. These are required before boarding any international flight to the U.S.
Canada has extended its large cruise ship ban through Feb. 28, 2022. It bans cruise ships in Canadian waters that accommodate more than 100 guests overnight.
AIRLINES WAIVE CHANGE FEES:
Many airlines have waived change fees for flights; however, policies vary from airline to airline. This doesn’t mean you can get a refund if you decide not to go, or that you won’t have to pay the difference in fare if you change to a more expensive flight. It’s very important to read the fine print, and know what you can change or cancel.
Face coverings or masks are required at many locations and facilities.
A federal mask mandate requiring the wearing of masks on transportation vehicles and stations or airport and in federal buildings took effect on February 1 to slow the spread of COVID-19. This includes all flights, trains, ships and public transportation, as well as all federal buildings in the U.S. Masks must be worn in public at all times, except while eating, drinking or taking medication.
Effective February 2, 2021, a CDC order went into effect. Masks are required on planes, buses, trains, and other forms of public transportation traveling into, within, or out of the United States and in U.S. transportation hubs such as airports and stations.
Individual ride share companies such as Uber and Lyft also require passengers to wear masks. Users must use their app to agree to wear a mask before they are picked up by a driver. Taxis are also covered by the CDC order.
The Department of Homeland Security gave mask enforcement authority to TSA employees at airports. TSA employees can enforce mask wearing at TSA screening checkpoints and throughout the commercial and public transportation system. Passengers without a mask may be denied entry, boarding, or continued transport. Failure to comply with the mask requirement can result in civil penalties. Passengers who refuse to wear a mask will not be permitted to enter the secure area of the airport, which includes the terminal and gate area.
Portland International Airport has required masks or face coverings for months for everyone at the airport. Children under the age of 2 and people with medical conditions that prevent wearing a face covering are exempt from this rule. This policy includes the use of a face covering anywhere inside the terminal, including the pedestrian tunnels and the rental car center.
COVID-19 NEWS FOR TRAVELERS:
Oregon State Parks
Many parks are open for day use and camping, but COVID-19 means some services are changed or reduced. Check the Park Status Map for information.
Idaho’s 30 State Parks are open for day use and camping but visitors are urged to follow the COVID-19 prevention practices outlined in Gov. Brad Little’s Stay Healthy Guidelines and the Idaho Rebounds Plan — primarily physical distancing and wearing masks when away from home.
On Oct. 20, Gov. David Ige said Hawaii residents, visitors and business travelers are welcome again starting Nov. 1. In August, the Governor had asked everyone to delay all non-essential travel through October 2021 due to the recent, accelerated surge in COVID-19 cases that overburdened the state’s health care facilities and resources.
All visitors must comply with Hawaii’s Safe Travels program.
On Sept. 2, the Island of Oahu announced that starting September 13, all customers must show proof of the COVID-19 vaccine or a negative test in order to eat at restaurants, drink at bars, and visit a number of other establishments, like gyms, movie theaters, and museums. Called “Safe Access Oahu,” the new mandate comes in response to increasing COVID-19 cases on the island.
All travelers to Hawai‘i must upload their CDC issued vaccination record card to the state’s Safe Travels Program website and have that card with them upon arrival in the State of Hawai‘i.
On August 10, 2021, Hawaii’s governor reduced capacity to 50% at bars and restaurants, effective immediately. Capacity had been raised to 75% in early July.
Safe Travels Hawai’i
Safe Travels Hawai‘i program is a multilayered process designed to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in our community from trans-Pacific visitor and resident passengers arriving at airports/ports across the Islands.
This enhanced entry into Hawai‘i includes a pre-travel testing program, the Mandatory State of Hawai‘i Travel and Health Form, and temperature screening at all Hawai‘i airports upon arrival. Hawaii’s Pre-Travel Testing Program began Oct. 15, 2020.
Find more info on Hawaii’s Safe Travels program at these links:
The deadline for Real ID has been extended again. The Department of Homeland Security announced April 27 that it is extending the REAL ID full enforcement date by 19 months, from October 1, 2021, to May 3, 2023 due to the coronavirus pandemic. The original deadline had been October 1, 2020. As of May 3, 2023, you will need a driver’s license that meets Real ID requirements in order to take a flight on a commercial airline.
AAA Travel is your source for the latest COVID-19 information
AAA Travel continues to monitor the impact of the pandemic and is in regular contact with our travel partners. Many destinations, including countries, states and cities, and travel providers, including airlines, hotels, cruise lines and tour operators have adjusted their policies and altered itineraries in response to the outbreak.
Cruise Lines and Tour Companies
Cruising resumed in U.S. waters this summer depending on cruise lines’ compliance with the CDC’s Framework for Conditional Sailing order. The order was first issued in October 2020 and updated in April 2021.
The return to cruising varies by cruise line and itinerary are continuously updated. Please ask your travel advisor for the latest information.
Disneyland Park and Disney California are open.
To enter a theme park, Guests (ages 3 and older) will need a valid ticket and a theme park reservation for the same day and same park they want to visit.
The State of California strongly recommends that all Guests be fully vaccinated or receive a negative COVID-19 test prior to entering the Disneyland Resort.
Face coverings are required for all Guests (ages 2 and up) while indoors, including on many attractions and in enclosed transportation vehicles, regardless of vaccination status. Face coverings remain optional for all Guests in outdoor common areas.
Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa reopened on April 29, 2021.Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel reopened on June 15, 2021 with reduced capacity. The Disneyland Hotel reopened on July 2, 2021 with reduced capacity.
The Downtown Disney District is open with select retail and dining locations.
Walt Disney World in Orlando, FL is welcoming guests.
The Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom, Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios opened in July 2020. Certain parks, hotels, restaurants and other offerings may be modified or unavailable, limited in capacity and subject to limited availability or closure.
Face coverings are required indoors, on attractions and in enclosed transportation, regardless of vaccination status. Face coverings are optional in outdoor common areas.
Universal Studios Hollywood: Universal Studios Hollywood is open.
The State of California strongly recommends that when you visit Universal Studios Hollywood you be fully vaccinated for COVID-19, obtain a negative COVID-19 test result prior to visiting, or wear a face covering. Guests who are not fully vaccinated should wear a face covering during their visit. All guests, regardless of vaccination status, are required to wear face coverings indoors.
Universal Orlando Resort is open.
Universal Studios Florida, Universal’s Islands of Adventure and Universal’s Volcano Bay started welcoming guests June 5, 2020. Find the latest information and guidelines here:
Travel Insurance – Does it cover COVID-19 disruptions?
Travel insurance generally excludes epidemics and pandemics. If you have a trip already booked, check with your travel providers (cruise line, airline, hotel, etc.) to see what waivers they have put in place. If you are planning a trip, also check with travel providers to understand their coronavirus-related policies and connect with a travel agent. Depending on your situation, there could be some travel insurance options for your needs.
If you have purchased travel insurance, carefully review your policy. As of February 3, 2020, both the CDC and the World Health Organization have recognized 2019 Novel Coronavirus as an Epidemic. Many travel protection plans exclude losses caused directly or indirectly by an Epidemic. Customers whose plan includes the Epidemic exclusion may still have coverage for a covered loss occurring on or prior to February 3, 2020. In addition, Allianz Travel Insurance considers coronavirus a “known event” as of January 22, 2020. Travel protection plans generally exclude losses caused by events known or foreseeable at the time of plan purchase.
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