IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT: Well, 2020 turned 21! As you may have seen on the news last night and this morning, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has mandated that all international travelers into the United States MUST PROVIDE A NEGATIVE COVID-19 TEST prior to boarding their flight. This includes US citizens. This mandate is in effect beginning January 26, 2021. We are sharing the information we have currently have and are closely monitoring the situation. Here is what we do know: Most importantly, you can still travel! 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. This type of mandate has been in place for other countries for some time. Because of that, many of the destinations and resorts already have testing options available. Our advice right now is to wait and see. Especially if you are not traveling in the immediate future If you panic and cancel too soon, you will lose money. Airlines, resorts, and other vendors are not giving refunds, but most are being flexible with changes. If your trip is scheduled for later in the year, we will be monitoring any additional change to give the most recent information as it applies to your travel dates. We appreciate your patience as we work as quickly as possible to get the latest information. As always, please do not hesitate to reach out to us if you have any questions. Sincerely, Bambi Eskew -President/General Manager of Allen Samuels House of Travel.
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