COVID-19 Information for Travelers

Updated April 10, 2021

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

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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 professionals 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/

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Task Force at the White House https://www.coronavirus.gov/

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://govstatus.egov.com/or-covid-19

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

Oregon Health Authority,

Washington State Department of Health

Idaho Department of Health and Welfare

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.

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

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.

SHOULD I TRAVEL?

More than one year since the COVID-19 pandemic upended nearly all travel plans, many Americans are eagerly awaiting their next chance to get out again and explore. Whether planning a trip for summer or dreaming of a bucket-list trip later on, AAA advises would-be travelers that things will 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 national parks and attractions are still limiting capacity so it’s best to make arrangements for these in advance.

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. Many 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, states—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. Many providers are limiting the number of guests and/or allowing more time between guests, so availabilities will likely be reduced.
  • 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 at all times, 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. Oregon has 181 properties from Albany to Yachats that are honored. Here’s the complete list of Oregon properties.
  • 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. Some airlines continue to limit flight capacities or block middle seats to allow for social distancing. 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 – Even with the CDC’s no-sail order lifted, many cruise lines have voluntarily extended their suspension of sailing operations further into 2021. Anyone considering a future cruise vacation should talk to the cruise line or a travel agent about the ship’s cancelation policy and to understand what you can expect on a cruise when they start sailing again.
  • Museums, parks, attractions, etc. – Consider purchasing tickets in advance. Many still have reduced operating hours and limit the number of visitors at a time. Many also 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.
  • COVID-19 Vaccines – If you are eligible, consider getting vaccinated for COVID-19. The CDC says to wait two weeks after getting your second dose to travel for your body to build protection after vaccination. Even if you’ve been vaccinated, continue to follow all official travel requirements and guidelines.
  • Testing – The CDC recommends taking a viral COVID-19 test 1 to 3 days before your trip. Do not travel if you test positive. Keep a copy of your negative test results with you during your trip and make plans to get tested again with a viral test 3 to 5 days after you return. Self-quarantine for a full seven days after trip, even if your test is negative. If you don’t get tested, the CDC advises staying home and self-quarantining for 10 days.
  • Take all necessary travel documentation, including health insurance cards.
  • Consider working with a travel professional 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. Getting through security may take longer now that some locations are checking passengers’ temperatures. 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 hoping to plan 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.

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.

AAA.com/covidmap

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 goes into effect January 26, 2021.

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/testing-air-travel.html

Effective December 28, 2020, all air passengers arriving to the U.S. from the United Kingdom must be tested no more than 3 days before their flight departs and to provide proof of the negative result to the airline before boarding the flight. This is due to the new variant of COVID-19 in the United Kingdom.

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 3 “Reconsider Travel” or Level 2 “Exercise Extreme Caution” advisories. Find the latest list here:

https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/ea/covid-19-information.html

The border between Canada and the U.S. is closed to non-essential travel.  The U.S.-Mexico border is closed to nonessential travel. this action does not prevent U.S. citizens from returning home. 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 through at least March 21, 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.

Restrictions for Americans visiting Alaska via Canada. The Canada Border Services Agency is cracking down on Americans traveling to Alaska overland.   The agency wants to shut a loophole which has seen Americans caught sightseeing and hiking in Canada after telling border agents they were headed to Alaska.  Alaska-bound travelers may now only enter at five border crossing points – Abbotsford-Huntingdon (British Columbia), Kingsgate (British Columbia), Osoyoos (British Columbia), Coutts (Alberta), and North Portal (Saskatchewan).  They will be given sufficient time to make the journey with rest stops but must take the most direct route without side trips.  They are expressly banned from entering national parks, leisure and tourism locations.

https://travel.gc.ca/travel-covid/travel-restrictions/border

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/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 at 11:59 p.m., Feb. 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.

https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/presidential-actions/2021/01/20/executive-order-protecting-the-federal-workforce-and-requiring-mask-wearing/

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.

https://flypdx.com/TravelSafe

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 to protect visitors and staff from exposure. 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 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.

https://parksandrecreation.idaho.gov/

Hawaii

The State of 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.

https://portal.ehawaii.gov/

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

Travelers who successfully complete a pre-travel test will not be subject to the state’s 10-day quarantine program. The test has to be taken 72 hours from the final leg of departure AND the negative COVID-19 test result uploaded to the Safe Travels platform or printed out and in hand prior to departure to Hawai‘i in order to avoid the 10-day quarantine. FDA-approved NAAT tests, processed by a CLIA-certified laboratory are the only types of coronavirus tests currently approved by the state of Hawai‘i. The state of Hawai‘i will ONLY accept test results from TRUSTED TESTING AND TRAVEL PARTNERS.

Hawaiian Airlines is now offering drive-through and walk up options for preflight COVID testing in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Portland, OR; and Seattle. The nasal-swab test costs $90 per person.

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

Find more info on Hawaii’s Safe Travels program at these links:

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

https://www.gohawaii.com/special-alerts-information

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

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

Real ID

Americans now have an extra year to get Real ID. The federal government has extended the deadline for Real ID to Oct. 1, 2021. The original deadline had been October 1, 2020. As of Oct. 1, 2021, 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/news/2020/03/26/acting-secretary-chad-wolf-statement-real-id-enforcement-deadline

AAA Travel continues to monitor the situation 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

The CDC has provided updated guidance which allowed cruise ships to begin sailing in North America as of November 1,2020.

https://www.cdc.gov/quarantine/cruise/index.html

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

Tour Companies are beginning to operate several domestic and some international itineraries. Please ask your travel advisor for the latest information.

Disney Properties

Disneyland Park and Disney California plan to reopen April 30, 2021 with limited capacity. The in Anaheim, CA parks closed March 14, 2020 and postponed plans to reopen last summer because state and local authorities had not yet given approval.

Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa will plan to reopen on April 29, 2021. The Disneyland Hotel and Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel remain closed and will reopen at a later date.

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

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

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.

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

Disney Cruise Line is cancelling all sailings through May 2021 and Disney Magic Sailings Through August 10.

https://disneycruise.disney.go.com/guest-services/advisory/

Universal Studios Hollywood: Universal CityWalk is open on a limited basis. The theme Park remains closed for normal operations, but has now introduced the Taste of Universal, a separately ticketed, limited time event.

https://www.universalstudioshollywood.com/web/en/us/Safety-and-Travel-Update

Universal Orlando Resort: Universal Studios Florida, Universal’s Islands of Adventure and Universal’s Volcano Bay started welcoming guests June 5, 2020. Universal CityWalk is open for limited operations.

Select property hotels are open. For hotel FAQs click here.

The reopening comes with stringent new health, safety and hygiene procedures in place. Everyone will need to follow CDC guidelines and the recommendations of health officials, and Universal Orlando’s policies. Face coverings are required and temperature checks are required upon arrival.

https://www.universalorlando.com/web/en/us/terms-of-service/operations-update

Should I cancel my trip?

f you have plans to travel in a few weeks, wait to cancel or change your plans. If you cancel out of fear of COVID-19, you may not receive a refund or credit for a future booking. If your travel provider cancels the trip, they will likely offer a voucher good for a future trip, or a refund.

Travel Insurance – Does it cover COVID-19 disruptions?

Coverage options can vary widely. If you purchased travel insurance before the coronavirus was recognized as an epidemic, your policy likely provides at least some level of protection. Customers who purchased “cancel anytime” or “cancel for any reason” insurance prior to February 3, when COVID-19 was recognized as an epidemic, or soon thereafter may be able to cancel their trip and receive reimbursement for a portion of their non-refundable travel deposits.

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 that were known or foreseeable at the time of plan purchase.  Customers who purchased their plan prior to January 22, 2020 may still have coverage for a trip booked to China or other impacted areas.

COVID-19 Coronavirus Travel Updates from AAA

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