On Jan 12, 2021, the CDC has announced a new ruling that will effect all of the airline passengers traveling to the United States after Jan 26, 2021.

According to the CDC, air passengers entering the U.S. will be required to present documentation of a negative COVID-19 viral test (called a Qualifying Test) conducted within the 3 days before their flight to the U.S. departs.

Documentation should be for a viral test as approved or authorized by the relevant national authority.

Test results must state: Negative, SARS-CoV2 RNA Not Detected, SARS-CoV-2 Antigen Not Detected, or COVID-19 Not Detected.

Documentation may be paper or electronic copy and must include the name and contact information for the laboratory or healthcare personnel who performed the test.

Test results may be required to be shown again upon landing.

Alternatively, passengers may provide documentation of having recovered from COVID-19 with documentation of test results conducted during the three months preceding the flight’s departure from a foreign country.

Test results must state: Positive, SARS-CoV2 RNA Detected, SARS-CoV-2 Antigen Detected, or COVID-19 Detected. Invalid will not be accepted.

Additionally, a letter from a licensed health professional stating that the passenger has been cleared for travel (called Documentation of Recovery).

Finally, all airline passengers will be required to present a simple CDC attestation form to the airline for collection prior to boarding. That form can be found here for reference.

What NOT to do right now:

  • Don’t panic and cancel your vacation just yet.
  • The news just came out and we are trying to absorb this and figure out how to enable our clients to be tested
  • Canada has announced this earlier and many of the Caribbean and Mexican resorts have already figured out HOW to enable their guests to get tested before their flights.
  • We at My Vacation Lady, already have a list of hotels in Mexico and many islands in the Caribbean that will offer ONSITE testing and will be working on those from other countries shortly.  Some are charging a fee, others are doing it for free.
  • If you are traveling in February or later, stay calm for a bit longer as we find out more.

We have reached out directly to 2 boutique resorts in the Caribbean where we have clients traveling to soon.  Both resorts have arranged for nurses to come to the resort to test the guests.  

As always, thank you for entrusting My Vacation Lady with your vacation and honeymoon planning.