Here are answers to the most frequently asked questions about travel during Covid:
Do I need to get tested before leaving the U.S., and how do I do it?
To enter certain countries, you need to show negative results from a Covid test taken within anywhere from 24 hours to a few days of your arrival. Check our list of entry rules by country for testing requirements and time frames. Then review your options (home-testing kits, in-person clinics, etc.) in How to Get a Quick Covid Test for Travel.
Do I need to get tested to return to the U.S.?
As of June 12, 2022, the CDC no longer requires a negative test to board a flight to the U.S.
If I should test positive during my trip, how long would I have to isolate?
The length of isolation depends on the country, so it’s a good idea to discuss this with your WOW List trip planner (and your insurance provider; see below).
In some places, you may be able to exit isolation early after getting a designated number of negative tests; in others, you’ll still have to complete the full term.
Where would I isolate?
It varies from country to country, but it’s often your hotel. WendyPerrin.com travelers have even received free stays or room upgrades during their isolation.
Who pays the quarantine expenses?
It varies by location and also depends on whether and what travel insurance you bought. See more below about insurance, but also talk to your trip planner because they will know if the local government covers any of the costs.
If I test positive, can my travel companions fly home without me?
It depends on the rules in your destination; they may also need to self-certify with the airline that they haven’t been exposed.
What insurance do I get to protect myself? Will it cover health care costs overseas, the hotel for quarantine, and getting me back home?
Each travel insurance provider is handling Covid differently. Many policies will cover Covid-related medical bills; some will reimburse a portion of quarantine-related expenses under their “Trip Delay” coverage.
We lay out all the big questions (and answers) in How to Buy Travel Insurance: What It Covers, When You Need It. But we recommend asking your WOW List expert if there’s a particular insurance they recommend: They will know if their country has specific requirements for insurance (as, for instance, Argentina and the Seychelles do), and they may also know of a policy that is better tailored for their location.
When it comes to medical evacuation, only a few services will transport travelers with Covid. To learn more about your options for that, read What Medical Evacuation Coverage Do You Need?.