A few days ago, President Joe Biden’s administration has updated the requirements for travelers.

All travelers will wear their masks on airplanes, trains, and buses at the airport through mid-March of 2022. The Transportation Security Administration extended its mask order through January 18 of 2022. 

President Biden also announced new protocols for international travelers on the heels of detecting the Omicron variant, the United State’s first case in California. The new requirements will require all inbound international passengers, regardless of vaccination status, to test for COVID within 24 hours of departure starting on Monday, December 6. According to the CDC, all air passengers will need proof of their results. 

As we head into winter, the President also announced actions his administration will take to provide additional protection to Americans to fight COVID-19 and the new variant, Omicron. In part, the plan includes

  • Booster shots for all adults
  • Expanding testing efforts
  • Stronger public health protocols for safe international travel
  • Continue commitment to global vaccination efforts
  • Steps to ensure preparedness for all scenarios
  • Protections in the workplace to keep the economy open

So far, The World Health Organization has identified at least 23 counties that have Omicron cases.

Last week, the WHO named the Omicron variant as a variant of concern. As a result, the President took steps to restrict travel from the most impacted counties to give the U.S. time to learn about Omicron and prepare for the next steps.

The administration has not required testing for COVID-19 for domestic travel, but officials have indicated that it is not off the table yet.

Nearly 60 percent of Americans are fully vaccinated. In addition, booster shots are authorized for all adults, and a vaccine is available for kids five and up. 

THE USUAL TIPS

During this period, guests choosing to travel will see many of the enhanced health, safety, and sanitation efforts that CRW began rolling out at the beginning of the pandemic. Those measures include:

  • Hand sanitizing stations
  • Acrylic barriers at high touch areas
  • New cleaning technology and frequency of cleaning
  • Social distancing markers

To ensure a healthy travel experience, CRW asks all guests to do their part by:

  • Wearing a face mask properly at all times
  • Washing hands frequently and using hand sanitizer
  • Maintain social distancing as much as possible
  • Use touchless options and mobile boarding passes
  • Allow ample time at the airport to help avoid crowds
  • Check with your airline for additional guidelines.

The CDC is still recommending that if you aren’t fully vaccinated, you delay travel.