While many countries around the world are reopening borders and returning to “normal,” other countries are evolving their requirements for incoming international travelers. Countries like Australia have re-entered lockdowns, while other countries are requiring COVID testing and/or proof of vaccination to enter the country. It’s a confusing, inconsistent landscape for air travelers, especially as these requirements continue to evolve.
That’s why Access Jet Group continues to monitor these requirements across all of the countries we service so that you can be prepared for things like border closures, fines and penalties for not following requirements, and other travel prohibitions and enjoy a trip uninterrupted.
Stay Aware of Travel Restrictions and Requirements
Our mission is to help you fly safely and with confidence wherever in the world life calls to you. We offer direct access to our private aviation concierge team that can answer your questions, make recommendations, and plan the fine details of your trip. This includes making you aware of potential travel restrictions and challenges that might impact your travel plans.
What makes this aspect of our service so critical, especially right now, is that travel restrictions are continually changing. There is no single set of requirements that all countries are following. With a proliferation of local mandates for incoming visitors, we have placed the utmost importance on monitoring these changing conditions and notifying you of any changes when and after your book your flight.
It is our goal to always provide you with best practices and recommendations based on your travel needs. This includes making sure you have the proper documentation to enter a country, such as a recent COVID test, vaccination proof, visa, or valid work authorization for business-related travel. If you do not have the right documents, our team will work with you to obtain the necessary paperwork so that you can travel without being inconvenienced.
How Access Jet Group Builds a Stronger Bridge for International Travel
Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Access Jet Group has worked diligently to support our clients around the world with their urgent and immediate travel needs. We’ve flown multiple expatriates home to reunite with their families, helped business travelers working abroad to reconnect with their home countries, and provided essential flights when commercial airlines grounded operations. Our flexibility and personalization of services will continue long after the pandemic is over and travel conditions return to normal. But now, more people are realizing that flying private is a safer, better, and more reliable way to travel.
To help you jumpstart your international and domestic travel planning, we’re sharing some updates on the current restrictions of countries and continents around the world. Keep in mind these are current conditions based on the time of writing, and we will continue to update information as more details become available.
In the meantime, contact Access Jet Group today and start planning your next adventure.
USA: Current Travel Restrictions
- International Restrictions Upon Entry: Recent CDC updates state that all non-US, non-immigrant citizens are required to produce a negative COVID test prior to boarding their flight. Vaccinated individuals’ test results must be from within 3 days of their flight, while non-vaccinated individuals’ results should be within 1 day of their flight. Non-US immigrants arriving in the country must pass a medical evaluation but do not need to provide a negative COVID test or vaccination documents. The White House has recently updated its policy on vaccination: Effective Nov 8, 2021, all individuals entering the US from another country must be vaccinated with an FDA-approved vaccine or a vaccine on the WHO’s Emergency Use List.
- Domestic Travel Restrictions: States and cities continue to set their own requirements when it comes to entry into public places, events, and businesses. These restrictions span a range of requirements, including mask mandates, proof of vaccination, testing requirements, and stay-at-home orders. Check with your specific destination to understand all current requirements.
- International Restrictions Upon Entry: Border closures between the United States and Canada remain in effect through January 21, 2022. Many provinces in Canada continue to battle rising COVID cases, and as a result, some non-essential services may be restricted (e.g., gyms, bars, retail, etc.).
- Domestic Travel Restrictions: Within Canada’s own borders, all travelers will be required to carry proof of vaccination by Oct 30, 2021 in order to use rail, air, or public transportation. For travelers who are in the process of being vaccinated, they will be required to show a COVID test taken within 72 hours. Exceptions to the vaccination proof requirements include instances of emergency travel and those who are medically exempt from the vaccine.
- International Restrictions Upon Entry: In the early days of the pandemic, Mexico and the United States restricted travel across the land border for non-essential purposes, though passengers arriving by air were granted entry. This requirement is set to expire November 8, 2021 and reopen for all travel. There is no need to provide a negative COVID test, nor will passengers need to quarantine upon arrival. However, many resorts will require guests to fill out a health questionnaire. A current travel advisory places Mexico at a Level 3 threat due to an increased risk of violent crimes and COVID cases.
- International Restrictions Upon Entry: US citizens are allowed to travel to some countries in South America, including Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Ecuador, Colombia, and Peru, among many more. However, it’s advisable by the US Embassy that travelers refrain from Chile, currently a Level 3 threat due to COVID cases. Passengers may enter most countries for business and leisure trips. However, requirements can vary by country, including the need for vaccinated individuals to provide a negative COVID test, quarantine upon arrival, health forms, and pre-approval for entry.
- International Restrictions Upon Entry: Restrictions in Caribbean countries are among the most rapidly changing. Currently, international travelers will be subject to mandatory health screenings, advance COVID testing, and COVID retesting after a certain number of days. Unvaccinated travelers will not be granted entry to some countries without a “compelling reason” and may need to pre-register for entry. Quarantining may also be required of non-vaccinated travelers, even with a negative COVID test. These requirements will vary by country, so consult with your Access Jet Group concierge team.
- International Restrictions Upon Entry: A travel advisory from July 2021 advises American citizens not to travel to the United Kingdom due to COVID and terrorism, noting a Level 4 threat. The country has experienced a high volume of COVID and terrorism threats in recent weeks and months. However, U.S. citizens may still enter the country and are advised to exercise an extreme abundance of caution if they choose to do so. To enter the UK, citizens must produce a negative COVID test if they are not fully vaccinated. Individuals arriving in the country via airline may be required to self-isolate.
- International Restrictions Upon Entry: US citizens will be subject to more travel restrictions, typically on a country-by-country basis. This makes it especially difficult for US travelers to plan a visit overseas, as each country may have its own set of requirements. Norway, Sweden, Luxembourg, and Bulgaria are completely closed to US visitors. 12 additional countries — Belgium, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Latvia, Malta, the Netherlands, Slovenia, Spain, and Switzerland — are open only to vaccinated US passengers. In 10 countries — Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, and Slovakia — unvaccinated passengers will need to quarantine upon arrival. This is an updated list as of October 2021 and has changed as recently as September. It’s essential to keep an eye on evolving conditions in European countries before you travel.
- Business Travel Requirements: Some countries may require a company letter or diplomatic clearance prior to entry, particularly in countries where restrictions are already in place for non-vaccinated travelers.
Africa & the Middle East
- International Restrictions Upon Entry: Travel restrictions and requirements will vary by country, though most are allowing passengers from the United States to enter. Some countries, including Algeria and Botswana, are not allowing vaccine exemptions. Angola is imposing restrictions on fully vaccinated passengers and requires pre-approval for entry. In Burkina Faso, passengers leaving the country must present a negative COVID test prior to departure. Visitors to some countries, such as Chad and the Congo Republic, must present a negative COVID test prior to arrival and also be tested upon arrival in the country. However, the age ranges for these testing requirements may vary. This area of the world has some of the largest variations of travel restrictions and must be examined closely.
- International Restrictions Upon Entry: Australia is still under a lockdown throughout the country that is barring all non-residents and non-Australian citizens from entering. Individuals may request exceptions to entry restrictions, and those who are granted entry must produce a negative COVID test at the time of your flight check-in. An example of a reasonable exception includes death or critical illness of a family member.
- International Restrictions Upon Entry: Many countries in Asia have reopened their borders to US travelers, including mainland China, Cambodia, Bangladesh, and India, among others. However, some countries remained closed to US citizens, including Fiji, while Japan is open only under special circumstances. In many cases, passengers must produce a negative COVID test taken within 72 hours of their trip and/or undergo testing upon arrival.
For help navigating these complex and ever-changing conditions, we invite you to reach out to Access Jet Group for personalized trip planning assistance. We look forward to flying with you!