COVID-19 Information for Travelers

Updated January 18, 2022

COVID-19 is a rapidly changing situation, with developments in the coronavirus pandemic changing hour by hour as cases of the Omicron variant surge around the globe.

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.

We’ve been able to deliver our best-in-class roadside assistance throughout the coronavirus pandemic and will continue to do so. Rest assured that we will be there when you need us.

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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

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.

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 PUT IN PLACE FOLLOWING OUTBREAK OF THE OMICRON VARIANT

The latest COVID-19 variant – Omicron – has sparked a wave of travel restrictions and changes to existing requirements.

On December 6, the U.S. began requiring new pre-departure testing protocols, which requires all inbound international travelers – regardless of nationality or vaccination status – to present a negative COVID-19 viral test taken within one day of departure. This requirement is for air travel only. Travelers crossing the land borders at Mexico or Canada do not have a testing requirement at this time. Also, masking will be required during international or other public travel including in transportation hubs such as airports and indoor bus terminals until March 18, 2022.

Find the latest information from the CDC here:

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

Many nations are enacting travel restrictions and lockdowns as Omicron cases sure. If you are traveling abroad, be sure to check on restrictions 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 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. 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 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 and often reduced capacity, 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.

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 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 in February 2021 and remains in effect. 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.

The CDC order requires masks 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.

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

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

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.

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

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.

https://stateparks.oregon.gov/

Idaho’s 30 State Parks are open for day use and camping but visitors are urged to follow COVID-19 prevention practices outlined — primarily physical distancing and wearing masks when away from home.

https://parksandrecreation.idaho.gov/

Hawaii

All visitors must comply with Hawaii’s Safe Travels program. Find more information at these links:

https://portal.ehawaii.gov/

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

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

https://governor.hawaii.gov/category/newsroom/press-releases/

https://governor.hawaii.gov/category/newsroom/latest-news/

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  in response to the outbreak.

Cruise Lines and Tour Companies

Cruising resumed in U.S. waters during the summer of 2021, depending on cruise lines’ compliance with the CDC’s Framework for Conditional Sailing order. On Dec. 30, 2021, CDC has issued a Level 3 Travel Health Notice for cruise ship travelers.

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

The return to cruising varies by cruise line and itinerary 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/

The Downtown Disney District is open with select retail and dining locations.

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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