There is no easy answer to this question. Each destination, whether it be a state or country, has their own requirements and protocols. Adding to the confusion, everything is a moving landscape so what is true today could be different in a few weeks or months when you travel.
We’ve had a fair number of clients travel recently and the way we navigate through all of this is by checking, checking, and checking again. Sometimes a special app or QR code is required, other places may require a printed test result. Yes, it can be a hassle, but by being organized and prepared you can move through the system easily.
Vaccination passport apps are in the works by several companies. Once these are available, it will make traveling between some countries a bit easier as proof of vaccination may negate the need for a negative COVID test. Currently, you still need a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours of returning to the US, even for those fully vaccinated.
More countries are opening and easing restrictions, but most will require proof of vaccination or a negative test. Our hope is that the CDC will recognize proof of vaccination in lieu of a negative test to return to the US. This would simplify the re-entry requirements for those that have been vaccinated. Until then, we recommend guided tours or resorts that provide on-site testing so that obtaining a test is easy and hassle-free.
Cruise lines are working with the CDC to sail from US ports. While they are navigating through CDC guidelines, many are offering sailings from other ports in the Caribbean and Europe. Currently, vaccinations are required by crew and guests for most sailings.
We hope that in the weeks to come we will continue to see more countries opening and ships in the water. Until then, there are so many wonderful places to experience, in our country, some European countries and our neighbors to the south.
We have noticed both an increase in rates and limited availability. My best advice for 2021: make travel plans now!
Lori Derauf is an owner of Vacation Designers, Specializing in You and Your Vacation with integrity, creativity and a sense of adventure!
Luxury Travel Specialist
Vacation Designers, Waunakee WI