USA International Travel Update [November 2021]

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Updates for International travel to the U.S.

The White House announced on Friday, Oct. 15, 2021 — they would be implementing changes to their travel policy with a specific date to start allowing international travelers who have been fully vaccinated to enter the country. This new update to the travel policy will apply to both international air travel for overseas visitors and land travel like people coming from Canada and Mexico.

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For travelers arriving by air:

Starting on Nov. 8, the international travel ban will be lifted, allowing travelers from 33 countries to come to the U.S. This comes as a relief to families who have not been able to see each other for a year and a half, as well as some of the major airlines that have struggled to keep profitability since the ban was first established. This will provide a much-needed boost to the economy through trade and travel commerce.

Restrictions will be loosened on 33 countries that were part of the initial travel ban, including:

  • the U.K
  • Mexico
  • Canada
  • Brazil
  • China
  • India
  • South Africa
  • Almost all of the European Union.

Additionally, the countries that were not part of the initial ban will have to comply with more strict entry requirements with a new vaccine mandate.

Even if you are fully vaccinated and whether or not you are a U.S. citizen, you will still be required to show proof of a negative Covid test to enter the country, taken at least three days before your departure date.

For travelers arriving by land:

In March 2020, the U.S. land borders with Canada and Mexico were restricted to essential travel reasons (i.e., trade, commerce, medical) only as a way to curb the spread of Covid. Now, with proof of vaccination, commuters crossing the land borders or coming in by ferry will be permitted to enter for non-essential reasons. (Note: the change will take place in early November alongside the change for air travel)

No matter where you are visiting from, if you are not vaccinated, then you can only enter the U.S. for essential reasons. However, beginning in January, all travelers coming for both essential and non-essential reasons will have to show proof of full vaccination!

Also, there will be no testing requirements but will need to show proof of vaccination documents.

You must prepare in advance if you want your vacation to be a success.

Seeing as how things are moving pretty fast and ramping up for the travel industry to make a big comeback. It is now more important than ever to have an emergency plan in place along with the right travel coverage to ensure we can all enjoy a better and safer holiday season.

Getting sick or hurt while on a much-needed vacation is definitely not fun; it really ruins the whole experience. With Covid, it could happen more often, unfortunately. However, with proper planning, we can still embark on long-postponed adventures and stay safe at the same time.

As you'll see below, purchasing travel insurance can save you money if something goes wrong like:

  • If you go through travelers' all too common frustration when they reach their destination, but your luggage didn't or was either damaged or stolen, which forces us to have to buy new items to replace what was lost. Lost luggage coverage can help reimburse you in this situation.
  • If you travel high-ticket items like your Macbook or DSLR camera and something happens where they are compromised or stolen outright.
    • (Note: If your laptop with important documents is stolen or destroyed, make sure to have multiple backups of everything like plane tickets and your passport)

Keep in mind that when traveling to a foreign country, it would be extremely wise of you to get travel medical coverage included in your policy, as your regular medical coverage could be bound to the borders of your home country. This is something people don't realize, unfortunately. Also, if you're in a terrible accident while traveling, be sure your insurance includes accidental death and dismemberment coverage as well.

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Travel insurance doesn’t cover what?

Pre-existing medical conditions, as well as injuries incurred while engaging in extreme sports or the theft or loss of personal goods like electronics and jewelry, are not always covered by travel insurance coverage (Depending on your provider).

Most travel insurance policies will only payout if you have to cancel your trip because of an authorized reason, such as a serious ailment or the loss of a family member. If you decide to terminate your travel plans at any point for any reason, you'll need to purchase additional CFAR coverage.

Travel insurance for pregnant women is an option, but pregnant women should be aware that it may not cover all of the issues that may occur. If you give birth while traveling, it's conceivable your medical emergency coverage won't cover the associated costs of childbirth. On the other hand, you may be covered for costs if you have an unintended pregnancy issue.

Maintain a sense of calm and order, and make a plan

If something goes wrong while you're on vacation, you need to be prepared for the worst. Having a plan in place, even if we don't know what the future holds, can help prevent major issues from arising. Before applying for one, make sure your credit report is error-free if you want a travel credit card to help cover some of the costs of your trip.

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