The most important summer travel questions for 2022 answered

Summer 2022: It’s timerevenge travel” And the “Go to your limits“Destinations. After two years of confinement at home due to COVID-19, Americans are planning to get out of town. Case in point: More than 6 out of 10 Adults are expected to pack their bags and go on vacation this summer. Corona virus restrictions facilitates and countries Open Their boundary, hot summer girl feels close at hand.

* Cue: DJ scratch sound effects. * The truth is that you may jump through some travel hoops. One study found that Almost 7 in 10 Adults are making changes to their planned vacation this summer because inflation. And since every country has different COVID-19 restrictions, travelers are confused about what they need to travel abroad. Skimm’rs and Skimm HQ’rs shared their top travel questions this summer. Ex: How to budget amid rising costs. whether to hide. And how a shortage of pilots could affect their flights.

Reminder, we are still in a pandemic

For the first time since February, the US average is over 100,000 Known daily COVID-19 cases. The The CDC suggests That people wait to travel until they are fully vaccinated. But it is not unlikely that you will get sick even after you are injured your shots and if you were wear a mask. Meaning a lot of people are cautious when it comes to taking their next vacation and asking…

What are the requirements for a COVID-19 test to return to the United States after an international flight?

Passengers 2 years of age and older returning from an international trip and traveling to the United States must appear The COVID-19 test is negative. Here are the exact details:

  • Your test should not take place more than 24 hours before quitting – regardless of Vax status or nationality.

  • Your test can be rapid or PCR tests. Some self-exams are OK, but the telehealth provider should be supervising. More information about these requirements over here.

  • You must show your negative result to the airline before boarding your flight. Check with your airline about how they share this information – this could be through their app.

One exception for the tests: if you recently recovered from the coronavirus (read: within the last 90 days). Instead, you will have to show the airlines:

  • Documented evidence of your recovery. Example: A positive test result not more than 90 days before your flight. That’s because people can continue to test positive for up to three months after infection.

  • A letter from a doctor stating that you are ok to travel.

Note: These test requirements are for air travel only. If you’re traveling to the United States from Canada or Mexico by land or ferry, there’s There are no test rules to follow.

What are the test requirements for travel within the United States?

There is no. But the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that people not get tested more than three days before traveling domestically. If you’re traveling by air, it’s okay to check with your airline about the tests, vaccinations, and documentation you may need. Once you return from a trip, government health officials recommend the following:

  • Get tested, especially if you are in situations with potential exposure. Read: Crowded places while not wearing a mask.

  • Watch for COVID-19 symptoms – isolate and get tested if you have any.

The CDC also recommends that people wear masks indoors on public transportation (including airplanes).

Should I bring a home COVID test with me when I travel?

If you are traveling abroad, you can. But just make sure it caters to the country Requirements. Government officials recommend contacting your resort or international airport to learn more about your testing options.

Don’t forget the other basics you might need (hello, passport It hasn’t been used in years.)

A MUST HAVE in 2020: Hand sanitizer and masks. Aka is essential to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 and your exposure – even if you are completely infected with the virus. But you may not need these basics everywhere you go. Below is a list of Airports And the Airlines He said “goodbye” to the face masks. Plus, from traveling on a plane to taking a road trip, we have your travel essentials over here And the over here.

What about my vaccination card?

It doesn’t hurt to get it. But you may want to use a file Vaccine passport (or a digital copy) instead of a hard copy. Usually the QR code is on an app or smartphone. While a CDC vax card can be recognized in the United States, it may not be abroad. In addition, the digital passport reduces the chances of losing the physical card. Note: The definition of a “vaccine passport” can vary by country. Be sure to check Vax’s guidelines for the country you want to visit.

It may have been a minute since you last pulled out your vaccination card. If you can’t find it – and you don’t have a vaccine passport or a digital copy – Here’s what you can do.

What happens if I get COVID while traveling, including indoors?

The CDC says people should not travel For a full 10 days after the onset of symptoms or a test result. This is regardless of whether you are in the country or not. If you are outside, you may have to Postpone your return to the United States until you become negative. The Department of State recommends that people traveling abroad plan for a longer stay opportunity. Especially because they would have to foot the bill if they had to stay longer. People will also want to confirm the country’s isolation rules for positive patients because the rules may be different.

How can I find out about a country’s vaccination or testing requirements?

If you are staying in a hotel, reach out to them. If you use a travel agent or book on your own, make it a part of your research. Note: Some countries (Mexico and Canada) have stay away with test requirements. However, visitors may be required to undergo full immunization or health checks. You can learn more about country-specific COVID-19 information at This is the website of the Ministry of State.

Does travel insurance cover the emerging corona virus disorder?

Not all service providers It will cover cancellations or interruptions caused by COVID-19. That’s why it’s important to review the fine print before purchasing. We have more on what travel insurance covers over here.

How can families travel safely with children – especially if they are under 5 and cannot be vaccinated?

By sticking to the basics: social distancing, wearing masks if you’re over two years old, and washing your hands often. Regardless of vax status, the CDC recommends that everyone age 2 or older wear a mask indoors in public places where community transmission of COVID-19 is high (Here’s how to find out).

Families can also consider outdoor activities and settings versus indoor ones. They may also want to think twice about exactly how they will travel. Example: A car might be a safer bet than riding a crowded train. And if people are traveling with children under the age of two, it is important to limit visits with those who are not particularly fussy.

Is there an acceptable way to require others to wear a mask on your flight (especially those sitting near you)?

Literature experts I recommend things like reading the room or introducing yourself before asking someone to hide it. Next, try to gently and respectfully ask: “Would you like to wear a mask?” Including an explanation may help. But other experts say the best thing you can do is control your behavior. And be respectful when others say “no”.

Other things to keep in mind: Inflation and a shortage of pilots

It’s no secret that everything from food to gas to travel costs have gone up. In April, airline tickets rose Almost 19%. Road trips are not cheaper with any Gas price hike. Food and food costs to rise. Make people wonder…

Are the costs of flights and gas expected to decrease? How do I budget for a vacation while prices keep rising?

Due to the high prices these days, flights are still in great demand. Meaning, traveling by plane can continue to climb. The same is true for gas prices. Some analysts believe that the national average can Top 6 dollars a gallon by August. Some of the ways to cut costs include researching destinations with flight deals. check some Best Travel Credit Cards To take advantage of the rewards. And definitely don’t wait until the last minute to book your flight. The Good land urgent.

psst. We have more tips for setting a travel budget over here.

Why have there been so many cancellations and delays from airlines lately?

It is a combination of factors including a pilot shortageAnd the weather, and COVID-19 among employees.

What can I do to avoid these problems?

We have tips on how to prepare for potential disruptions over here. This is where mobilizing your patience comes in handy.

Should I worry about monkeypox affecting travel plans?

It does not hurt to monitor the situation. People can get it monkeypox If they have been in contact with skin lesions or body fluids – including respiratory droplets. Center for Disease Control recommend Travelers avoid close contact with sick people (read: those who may have skin or genital lesions) and potentially contaminated items (such as bedding and clothing), among other things.


Summer and travel aren’t always easy. Especially amid rising prices and the uncertainty surrounding COVID-19. But the important thing is that there are steps people can take to prepare and protect themselves from any bumps in the road.

Skimm’d by Maria del Carmen Corpus, Maria McCallen, and Kamini Ramdeen-Chowdhury

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