COVID-19 Information for Travelers

Updated November 30, 2022

COVID-19 is a rapidly changing situation, with developments in the coronavirus pandemic changing day by day.

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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.

HELPFUL LINKS

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has the latest public health and safety information from the CDC https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus

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/

USA.gov landing page that’s cataloging all U.S. government activities related to coronavirus https://www.usa.gov/coronavirus (Español: https://www.usa.gov/espanol/coronavirus)

Oregon Coronavirus Information and Resources https://coronavirus.oregon.gov/

Idaho Coronavirus Information and Resources https://coronavirus.idaho.gov/

Oregon Health Authority,

Washington State Department of Health

Idaho Department of Health and Welfare

TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS FOR INTERNATIONAL TRAVELERS

As of June 12, the CDC no longer requires all inbound international air travelers to present a negative COVID-19 test taken within one day of departure. This requirement had been in effect since December 2021.

Find the latest information from the CDC here:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/index.html

Travel restrictions are still in place in other countries. If you are traveling abroad, be sure to check on restrictions and mandates in the countries you’re visiting.

SHOULD I TRAVEL?

Whether planning a trip before the end of 2022 or dreaming of a bucket-list trip later on, AAA advises travelers that things look different than the last time many took a vacation.

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. Because of significant demand, 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.

  • Check in advance on travel restrictions and testing requirements for each destination you plan to visit. Some countries still have travel mandates and/or restrictions in place.
  • Masks – As of April 18, 2022, face coverings are optional 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. The mask mandate had been extended until May 3, 2022, but then a federal judge in Florida struck down the mask mandate. Major airlines, many airports, many transit agencies, and ride sharing companies including Uber and Lyft then announced that masks would be optional. However, some areas and establishments ask that masks or face coverings be worn.

On May 3, the CDC urged the wearing of masks in indoor areas of public transportation (such as airplanes, trains, etc.) and transportation hubs (such as airports, stations, etc.).

https://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2022/s0503-covid-19-travel.html

  • 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 TripTik.AAA.com for maps and information.
    • 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. For extra peace of mind, use disinfecting wipes to wipe down door handles, steering wheels, shifters and control panels.
  • Hotels, campgrounds and other lodging – Prior to any stay, ask what precautions they are taking to protect guests. Ask 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 still 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.
  • International Air Travel – Passengers coming to the United States, including U.S. citizens, are no longer 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.
  • Cruise –  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.

As of March 30, 2022, the CDC lifted its tiered warning system for COVID-19 on cruise ships. https://www.cdc.gov/quarantine/cruise/index.html

  • Museums, parks, attractions, etc. – Consider purchasing tickets in advance. With high demand, you may be out of luck if you wait to purchase tickets. Some locations still 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 on your journey. 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 heavy travel, 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.

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.

https://help.cbp.gov/s/article/Article-1596?language=en_US

https://www.dhs.gov/news/2021/10/12/secretary-mayorkas-allow-fully-vaccinated-travelers-canada-and-mexico-enter-us-land

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/MASKS:

Face coverings or masks are now optional at transportation hubs and facilities.

A federal mask mandate requiring the wearing of masks on transportation vehicles and stations or airport and in federal buildings is no longer in effect. It was put in place in February 2021 and remained in effect through April 18, 2022, when a federal judge in Florida struck it down.

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/face-masks-public-transportation.html

https://www.cdc.gov/quarantine/masks/mask-travel-guidance.html

Here’s the mask guidance from the CDC:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/easy-to-read/mask-guidance.html

Individual ride share companies such as Uber and Lyft and taxi companies also now say that masks are optional.

Portland International Airport no longer requires masks but says anyone who wishes to wear one may do so.

https://flypdx.com/TravelSafe

COVID-19 NEWS FOR TRAVELERS:

Oregon and Idaho State Parks

Hawaii

Real ID

Travel Insurance

Impacts on Destinations and Travel Providers

Oregon State Parks

Parks are open for day use and camping, but some services are changed or reduced. Check the Park Status Map for information.

https://stateparks.oregon.gov/

Idaho’s 30 State Parks are open for day use and camping but some services are changed or reduced. Find the latest info here:

https://parksandrecreation.idaho.gov/

Hawaii

As of March 26, 2022, there will be no COVID-related requirements for arriving domestic passengers. Travelers arriving in Hawaii directly from international airports must still comply with U.S. federal requirements; consult with your airline.

https://portal.ehawaii.gov/

https://hawaiicovid19.com/travel/faqs/

https://www.hawaiitourismauthority.org/covid-19-updates/

Real ID

The deadline for Real ID has been extended again. The Department of Homeland Security announced 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.

https://www.dhs.gov/real-id

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 since the start of the pandemic.

Cruise Lines and Tour Companies

Cruising resumed in U.S. waters during the summer of 2021 and many more cruises have resumed in 2022.

Here’s the CDC guidance for cruising

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/cruise-travel-during-covid19.html

The return to cruising varies by cruise line and itineraries are continuously updated.  Please ask your travel advisor for the latest information.

Disney Properties

Disneyland Park and Disney California are open.

Find the latest information and requirements here:

https://disneyland.disney.go.com/experience-updates/

Walt Disney World in Orlando, FL is open.

Find the latest information and requirements here:

https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/travel-information/

Universal Studios Properties

Universal Studios Hollywood is open.

Find the latest information and requirements here:

https://www.universalstudioshollywood.com/web/en/us/plan-your-visit/operations-safety-updates

Universal Orlando Resort is open.

Find the latest information and requirements here:

https://www.universalorlando.com/web/en/us/plan-your-visit/safety-faqs

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.

COVID-19 Coronavirus Travel Updates from AAA

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