Asaccess expands worldwide, more countries have opened their borders to international tourists. If our Instagram feeds are any indication, many abroad again. But given that we’re still living in a pandemic, international travel will inevitably look slightly different. One new factor to consider is the all-important . Do we need to bring our Centers for Disease Control and Prevention abroad? What about domestic trips? HuffPost asked a few to share their insights and recommendations regarding travel and vaccine cards.
Do you need to bring the physical card abroad?
“Travelers should bring their physical proof of vaccination, like your CDC card, when traveling outside of the U.S.,” Victoria Walker, a senior travel reporter at The Points Guy, told HuffPost. “While carrying a photocopy of your vaccination proof on your phone is acceptable in some instances, we’re seeing destinations move away from this kind of verification to using apps or physical cards to demonstrate proof.”
Although a handful of countries allow foreign, others require proof of vaccination to avoid quarantine, so it’s essential to have that annoyingly larger-than-wallet-sized paper card readily available during your journey. And even if you to one of those countries that don’t require visitors to be vaccinated, you’ll still need to present proof of vaccination ― as well as a negative COVID test was taken no more than three days before travel ― before boarding your return flight to the U.S. (CUnvaccinated Citizens must show a negative result taken no more than one day before the expedition.)
Manymust complete before departing. In many of these instances, photos of your verification might be accepted, but it’s also best to have that physical proof. “In the unlikely event your phone dies or malfunctions, the physical to your trip or a quarantine,” said The Vacationer co-founder Phil Dengler. “Additionally, certain and other venues may require proof of vaccination with a physical card, so you should always carry it.”
What else do you have to do with it?
“It is important to read all requirements before traveling to a foreign country,” Dengler said, adding that he will be traveling next month to St. Lucia, where visitors are asked to carry their physical . “Some also ask you to upload a copy of your card to a portal before departing.” Indeed, many countries and airlines have an online verification process and require travelers to share their proof of vaccination digitally before their arrival. But with the evolving pandemic and countries’ , Dengler believes it’s best to be over-prepared.
“When, there is still a great chance you will have to produce at least one negative COVID-19 test, including vaccinated travelers,” he explained. “Since the COVID-19 test is stressful enough for those traveling, I part. Use any available digital certificates, take a picture of your on your phone, and bring the physical copy.”
“Always research the requirements in your destination beforehome.”
– Molly Fergus, vice president and general manager of TripSavvy
Cheryl Nelson, a back of the card and keep a spare copy in your luggage and at home.”With Cher, recommends keeping your card in a sleeve to protect it. “Don’t laminate it as you may still add to it with information,” she noted. “Like your passport, make copies of the front and
What about domestic travel?
Hawaii requires travelers ― including American travelers ― to upload proof of York City, for example, proof of vaccination is required to dine indoors, visit museums, attend concerts, or do almost anything indoors,” she added.test before flying to the Aloha State. Still, other states have not implemented such a stringent policy. “City and state regulations vary wildly. Always research the requirements in your destination before leaving home,” advised Molly Fergus, vice president and general of TripSavvy. “In New
“Out-of-state visitors can download the NYC Covid Safea photo of your I.D. and CDC card. The app is considered sufficient proof of vaccination, and you won’t have to worry about losing your card.” Still, Dengler advises bringing your physical when traveling domestically,e. “While a or a screenshot may suffice in most situations, it is smart to have the physical card on you as another backup,” he said. “Your phone could or malfunction anytime, which makes the physical vaccination card essential.”