People have been getting back to travel lately and we are thrilled to see it! But no one can deny that the travel landscape looks a little different than it did 18 months ago.

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Here are a few of our most frequently asked questions about COVID 19 and travel – along with the potential impacts on your trip.

Due to COVID19 restrictions, what do I need to travel?
Right now, for U.S. domestic travel the federal government doesn’t have any restrictions in place outside of a mask mandate on public transportation, in airports, on airplanes and in transportation stations.

However, state, local, and territorial governments may have travel restrictions in place, including testing requirements, stay-at-home orders, and quarantine requirements upon arrival. For up-to-date information and travel guidance, check the state or territorial and local health department where you are, along your route, and where you are going. Prepare to be flexible during your trip as restrictions and policies may change during your travel. Follow all state, local, and territorial travel restrictions.

International travel restrictions are fluid and you should make sure you’re up to speed on what restrictions are in place for any country you plan to visit.

I have COVID-19. Can I get a full refund?
Back when the pandemic was first underway, the domestic air carriers all pretty much suspended cancellation and change penalties. This was (and is) good news for travelers. But no airline is giving full refunds. If you need to cancel a trip because you’ve contracted COVID-19, you’ll generally be issued a credit for future travel, NOT a refund.

You should also keep in mind that should you rebook in the future, your credit will be applied to a new ticket but you’ll be expected to pay the difference in the ticket price (when there is one).

Are the airlines still offering flexible change and cancellation policies due to COVID-19?
By and large, the answer is still yes. When you search for your flight on CheapAir.com, click the name of the fare (e.g. Economy) directly above the price to see the change and cancel policies for each type of ticket!

Do I have to wear a mask on the airplane/at the airport?
Yes. Wearing a mask over your nose and mouth is required on planes, buses, trains, and other forms of public transportation traveling into, within, or out of the United States and while indoors at U.S. transportation hubs such as airports and stations. Travelers are not required to wear a mask in outdoor areas (like on open deck areas of a ferry or the uncovered top deck of a bus).

I am not vaccinated. Can I still fly?
The CDC recommends Americans delay travel until they are vaccinated. If you must travel while unvaccinated, you should:

  • Get a viral test 1-3 days before your trip
  • Wear a mask and social distance while you are traveling (airports, airplanes and all federal buildings and public transportation around the U.S. are still under a mask mandate, regardless of your vaccination status)
  • Get a viral test 3-5 days after your return and self-quarantine for at least 7 days
  • When your test is positive you should self isolate
  • If you choose to not get a test post-travel, please self quarantine for 10 days
  • If you know you have been exposed to COVID-19, if you have been infected with COViD-19, or if you are waiting on results from a COVID-19 test you should not travel.

I’m thinking of traveling internationally. Do I need a “vaccine passport”?
Every country has different requirements for incoming travelers. You can see what requirements each country has here. You can also reach out to help@cheapair.com via email for additional guidance once you have purchased an international ticket.

What is a vaccine passport?
A vaccine passport is simply a digital record showing you have been vaccinated against COVID-19. At the moment, there is not a coordinated vaccine passport policy across the world, and each country has their own policies.

When you search for global travel destinations on CheapAir.com we display a message above your search that points you to our resource center. The center has COVID information about going to and leaving from that specific country.

I’m fully vaccinated. Am I required to quarantine after I’ve traveled domestically? Internationally?
If your travel is within the United States, you do not need to get tested before or after travel or self-quarantine after travel.

If you are traveling internationally, pay close attention to the situation at your international destination before traveling outside the United States.

  • You do NOT need to get tested before leaving the United States unless your destination requires it
  • You’ll still need to show a negative test result or documentation of recovery from COVID-19 before boarding an international flight to the United States
  • Travelers should still get tested 3-5 days after international travel
  • You do NOT need to self-quarantine after arriving in the United States

How does the CDC decide on the COVID-19 Travel Health Notice (THN) Level of a destination?
The CDC reviews case data reported to the World Health Organization to determine a destination’s COVID-19 THN level.

THN thresholds are based on the number of COVID-19 cases in a destination. You can see a current list of country THN levels on the CDC website.

As you get back to travel, we’re here to help! Please let us know any other questions you’d like answered in the comments section below.

19 Comments

  1. KLR

    Just so it is extremely clear Cheapair, neither I or my family will be flying on any airline that enforces a mask mandate and we are not alone. Just did a FL > PA > TX drive and it was fine. Doubt we will ever subject ourselves to the indignity of air travel again. Love your company, shame the government had to screw it up.

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  2. JL

    It’s fun to receive your newsletter.
    However, I live in Canada and receive information exclusively on US travel/COVID restrictions while the border is closed to Canadians. No information is available/supplied for air travel inside Canada…

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    • cheapair

      Thank you for your feedback. We are based in the US but will try our best to cater to our Canadian and international customers.

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  3. Rob Thiry

    I’m fully vaccinated,I’ll travel to Holland, do I need to get a Covid test before I board a flight back to the US..?

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    • cheapair

      Hi Rob, Yes, currently all air passengers coming to the United States, including U.S. citizens and fully vaccinated people, are required to have a negative COVID-19 test result no more than 3 days before travel or documentation of recovery from COVID-19 in the past 3 months before they board a flight to the United States.

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  4. Roy bozic

    Flying from canada to USA. Any restrictions.????
    Let me know asap. Thank you.

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    • cheapair

      Hi Roy, All air passengers coming to the United States, including U.S. citizens and fully vaccinated people, are required to have a negative COVID-19 test result no more than 3 days before travel or documentation of recovery from COVID-19 in the past 3 months before they board a flight to the United States. Hope this helps.

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  5. Susan

    I am a Canadian and have both vaccines. My grandchildren live in Massachusetts- can I go and see them. The last ai heard was Canada was opening its borders to our US neighbors Aug 9th. Not sure how travel will work for us going to the US

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    • cheapair

      Hi Susan, All air passengers coming to the United States, including U.S. citizens and fully vaccinated people, are required to have a negative COVID-19 test result no more than 3 days before travel or documentation of recovery from COVID-19 in the past 3 months before they board a flight to the United States. Travel by land or ferry to the U.S. from Canada is restricted at least until August 21st. Hope this info helps.

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  6. Miguel

    Do you have to quarantine leaving US to the Phillipines?

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  7. katie

    hi. im flying from Pennsylvania to Nevada on the 8th of august do I need a test?and if so what type

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  8. Donna Konczyk

    I have tried numerous time to contact Cheapair but no answer I’ve also emailed also no response please advise me what I can do as I have tickets they said need to be used by October.

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    • cheapair

      Hi Donna, I checked our email support and don’t see any emails with your name on them. Are you emailing help@CheapAir.com? Can you please email us again? Please include your full name and 10-digit booking number if you have it. Thank you

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  9. Carlyn Spencer

    my booking number 213478855 my flight to Orlando, FL must be cancelled to my daughter having COVID -19
    You have My email Please Advise on my possible changes, refunds, or and if a rescheduling needs to take place
    Thank You Carolyn Spencer

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    • cheapair

      Hi Carlyn, Sorry to hear about your daughter. Hope she has a full recovery. Unfortunately, I cannot pull up your booking number. Our booking numbers are 10-digits long, I think you are missing a digit. Can you please email help@CheapAir.com with the details of your booking? That is the direct contact for our support team and they will help you with your request. Thank you

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  10. Claudia Herrera

    Hola Tacaño, tengo plan de viajar a Estados Unidos, pero me pusieron la spunik. Es cierto que no me dejarían ingresar al país por esa vacuna?

    si es así que culpa tengo de tener esa vacuna?

    Buen día

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    • cheapair

      Hola, en Noviembre se va nesecitar prueba de vacuna para entrar a los estados unidos si no es ciudadano de los estados unidos. Pero tiene razon, la Sputnik V no esta aprovada para viajar a los estados unidos. Gracias

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