With more and more people becoming vaccinated, many are getting the travel bug. Although a travel renaissance is on the horizon, we have to be patient because mask mandates will most likely remain in effect for a while as the status of the pandemic changes. Remember, there are new strains and questions of how COVID can be transmitted even by those who’ve received vaccinations. To keep travel smooth, stress-free, and safe, know the rules before you go.
HOW LONG WILL WE STILL HAVE TO WEAR MASKS ON PLANES?
Even though some states are loosening restrictions, mask-wearing is still required while traveling on public transportation of any kind.
Just a quick word of advice, know the rules before you go. The best place to check is on the CDC.GOV website.
Transportation providers are required by law to remove passengers who do not comply with mask-wearing regulations while traveling. Places where everyone must wear masks include:
Transporation hubs – airports, bus or ferry terminals, train or subway stations, etc.
Public transportation – airplanes, ships, ferries, trains, subways, buses, taxis, ride-shares
DOES THE TYPE OF MASK I WEAR COUNT? YES.
Be sure to check that you have the right kind of mask and wear them the right way. Also, you can remove the mask to eat and drink on planes, but only for brief periods of time. Certain types are not acceptable.
Masks must be worn over the nose and mouth
Masks must have two or more layers
More mask type and wearing details: CDC Mask Guidelines for Travel
Airlines are removing passengers who do not comply, and they are banning them from making future reservations. None of us want that. There are also potential fines for not following crew-member instructions.
The last thing any of us want is not to be able to travel when everything gets back to normal.
“The airlines are one of the most controlled spaces in the country because we have clear policies about masks, about cleaning, about air filtration that is actually safer than being in an office building.” – Sara Nelson, Int’l President of the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA in a recent Rolling Stone Magazine article.
WILL I STILL NEED A NEGATIVE TEST WHEN RETURNING TO THE US FROM OVERSEAS? YES.
Most destinations require you to present a negative test for entry when you travel internationally. The US also requires you to be tested when you return. Be sure to check to see if the resort offers a service to make testing easier for your return home.
Passengers must be tested with a viral test that could be either an antigen test or a nucleic acid amplification test (NAAT).
Always check this page on the CDC website for the latest information.
SO WHAT WILL THE TRAVEL RENAISSANCE LOOK LIKE?
As more and more people are vaccinated and get bitten by the travel-bug, many travel-related businesses will be opening up again. While these businesses spring back to life, airlines, hotels, resorts, and others will be offering lots of attractive incentives to get you to book!
Chances are you’ve had plenty of time to sit at home and think about what type of travel is important to you. Now is a good time to start your preliminary research and begin adding destinations to your watchlist in order get the most value for your money.
Mask-wearing on flights will still be a reality for a while even as some states relax restrictions. Other than being at home, flying on an airplane is one of the safest spaces during the pandemic, and airlines and the CDC want to keep it that way.