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As if it could not get more complicated to travel internationally:
As we are entering into fall, normally the most glorious time to travel….. But…. of course, for the past 2 years it has not been normal.
Things were opening up for European travel from the US traveler this summer both for the vaccinated and unvaccinated. Till the EU decided to change it all up on August 31, 2021. The change was a recommendation and each of country can take the recommendation or create their own rules of entry for US citizens.
Some countries have totally shut down for leisure travelers such as New Zealand and Sweden regardless of vaccination status. Others such as Italy are allowing vaccinated travelers with Covid testing 48-72 hours before arrival in the country.
That is the operative phrase – before arrival. So be aware of your hours before arrival when you are scheduling your covid test. It may not be when your plane leaves but when you arrive at your final destination country. The other complication can be your transit airport. Since England is no longer a part of the EU – if you are flying British Airlines through either of the London airports timing might change when you need to do your covid test.
Example: Flying directly from a US airport to Italy the current Covid testing time requirement is 72 hrs. before arrival in Italy. If you are transiting though London Heathrow it becomes 48 hrs. due to Italy's restrictions for the United Kingdom.
Some of the countries are now requiring forms to be filled out before you arrive. Many of the airlines are using the app https://www.myverifly.com/#/ to collect all the information that is needed or direct you to site where you will need to fill out the country information. My favorite site to see what individual countries are requiring is Sherpa Travel Restrictions.
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