Summer Travel 2022: What You Need to Know

Summer Travel 2022: What You Need to Know

After two years of COVID preventing most international and some domestic travel summertime is just around the corner and a lot of us are probably planning our first big trips since before the pandemic hit. This is an exciting time for a lot of us, and many people have already started sorting through the various travel requirements that are still in place. Given that we do still have some COVID requirements and now the war in Ukraine to consider, it’s a good idea to make sure you still do your research and know ahead of time what kind of requirements may be in place for your destinations. A simple Google search for these things can turn up a lot of different results, so we’re going to try to simplify that a little so we can all get back to traveling safely. Here is what you need to know for summer travel 2022.

Masks:

Recently the CDC announced it was lifting the mask mandate for public transportation. This includes the modes of transportation themselves (planes, trains, etc) and the buildings involved, like airports and train stations. Masks are still recommended, but the mandate is no longer in place. For more information about international travel, you can click here and here. If you’re traveling domestically (within the U.S.), it’s a very good idea to check the requirements for the state or states you’ll be visiting. Federal mandates have been lifted, but some states still have mask requirements in place. At the time of writing this blog, 55 states and territories have lifted their mask mandates. You can find a current list of these areas here.

COVID Testing and Vaccines:


Pre-travel testing is still recommended for all travelers regardless of destination, but the blanket requirement for everyone to show a negative test is no longer in place. If you are re-entering the U.S., you will be required to show proof of either a negative COVID test performed within the last 24 hours, or proof of recovery from COVID within the last 90 days. You will also be required to provide contact information to the airline you’re flying with. This requirement is in place even for vaccinated travelers. It’s highly recommended to look into the vaccine requirements for the activities you’ll be participating in on your trip as well since many places require proof of vaccination status to enter or participate.

Regular vaccines:


While our travel vaccine thoughts may still be consumed with COVID requirements, the regular shots do still apply. About two months prior to traveling, you should make sure you’re up to date on your routine vaccines regardless of your destination. These include chickenpox, hepatitis A & B, HPV, the flu shot, MMR, polio, TDAP, and shingles. A full list of routine vaccinations as well as recommended vaccines by age group can be found here on the CDC’s website. It’s also a good idea to check and see if your specific destination has additional vaccine requirements. Here is a nifty tool to help you figure out what you’ll need based on where you’re going.

Ukraine & Russia:


According to this article from the New York Times, all travel to Russia has been banned and most of Europe has restrictions in place as well. Many travel routes are affected by the fly-over restrictions for airspace over Russia and Ukraine, so trips that may have previously been direct flights or short flights could potentially require more stops and zigzagging to reach their destinations. This could also be reflected in flight costs. Cruise lines are altering routes and destinations to avoid the conflict area and many are having to take into consideration the influx of refugees some countries have seen in recent weeks. Information online about how this war is specifically impacting individual destinations is varied and often conflicting, so be sure to ask your transportation and lodging providers directly about any accommodations you’ll need to make for your trip.

While we all have a lot of different things to consider before traveling this summer, it’s exciting to finally be able to travel again and ProHealth is here to help take some of the complication out of the equation! We offer travel vaccines, COVID vaccines, and COVID testing and can help you figure out what you’ll need for your trip. For more information about on-site vaccines & testing or the rest of our travel health services, you can visit the Lab Testing page on our website! You can also visit or call any of our area locations in Pensacola, Gulf Breeze, Milton, Crestview, Fort Walton Beach, and Santa Rosa Beach. Remember to do your research, travel safely and smartly, and have fun!