Wherever You May Go, AAA Travel Helps to Keep You Informed, Prepared & Protected!

Your peace of mind is a top priority for your AAA Travel team. Right now, navigating the myriad of requirements when traveling to another country can be complex. That’s why we’ve assembled Quick Links and Frequently Asked Questions from travelers like you -- to help you prepare for your next trip. And, because we know there are many questions about traveling within the U.S. as well, this information can also be found below. 

Wondering where you can go? Simply contact one of our expert AAA Travel Advisors who can help you choose the right vacation for you so you can book worry-free. Or, start here to see an interactive map of what’s open now.

Traveling soon? See the latest travel regulations before you depart.

Already booked? To help ensure you are prepared, down load this handy Travel Checklist.

 


What To Expect When Traveling

Federal health officials are dropping the warning they have attached to cruising since the beginning of the pandemic, leaving it up to vacationers to decide whether they feel safe getting on a ship, much like they do with in all other travel settings. During the height of the pandemic, ocean and river cruise lines worked with the CDC to take measures to help protect passengers while on board and their joint efforts continue on today. 

Travel requirements and health protocols continue to change and can vary by cruise line, ports of departure and ports of call. They can even vary by sailing date.

One thing which does remains consistent is AAA’s network of preferred cruise partners continue to provide quality and memorable vacation experiences.

For more information about your cruise lines current guest protocols, click here.

AAA has established an established network of tour partners who work with the specific hotels, restaurants, local communities, ground handlers and venues which you will be visiting. Some tour operators have even added Wellness Experts to help make traveling with a guided group even more seamless, by ensuring local policies are known and followed.

For more information about your tour operators’ current protocols, click here.

Wearing a mask that covers your nose and mouth is optional on most planes, buses, trains and other forms of public transportation when traveling into, within, or out of the U.S. However, please speak with your travel advisor, or click here, for the requirements by state/country. The CDC continues to recommend that people wear masks in indoor public transportation settings at this time, but does not enforce this recommendation. For more details on CDC recommendations, click here.

In addition, Travelers who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents can expect to fill out an Attestation Form when entering the U.S. from a foreign country. While this form is likely to be supplied by the airline, you can also print one out in advance and take it with you.

Planning and packing properly can facilitate the screening process and ease your travel experience at the airport. Know what you can pack in your carry-on and checked baggage before arriving at the airport by visiting this site: TSA - What Can I Bring?

For more than 80 years, AAA has been helping travelers make informed decisions when it comes to choosing a hotel. If a property is a member of the AAA Diamond Program, you can be certain it meets our high standards for cleanliness, service and more -- whether it’s a budget hotel or luxury resort.

As you travel, you may notice some differences such as:

  • Contactless check-in and checkout
  • Updated housekeeping procedures
  • Grab-and-Go breakfast offerings
  • Flexible booking and cancellation policies

Use the Best of Housekeeping filter to find the top properties in terms of cleanliness, when booking online at AAA.com/hotels.

For specific hotel brand information, click here.

 

AAA's preferred travel partner Hertz offers vehicles that are cleaned and disinfected following CDC guidelines. AAA recommends you become a Hertz Gold Plus member (free for AAA Members) which allows you to skip the counter line and go straight to your vehicle.

Please keep in mind that rental car demand can exceed the supply in many locations, so be sure to reserve well in advance and consider pre-paying your rental.

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AAA Travel recommends purchasing a travel insurance policy to cover the unexpected while traveling. Travel insurance can help protect you and your travel investment — before and during your trip. Trip-cancellation, accidents, medical emergencies, illness — even lost baggage — all can quickly add up.  AAA’s preferred partner, Allianz Travel Insurance, includes coverages for COVID-related travel disruptions. Before you make a decision, it's good to know:

  • It's best to purchase your travel insurance through AAA when you book your trip because it gives you the most options for coverage. 
  • Even if you didn’t book your travel with AAA, you can still add an insurance policy through us.
  • While it's tempting to purchase a cruise or tour operator-offered insurance plan, their benefits may not be what you need. Be sure to consider all the options before you make a purchase decision.
  • For COVID-19 Travel Insurance FAQ's visit: COVID-19 FAQs | Allianz Global Assistance (allianztravelinsurance.com)

To quote online, or Purchase Allianz Travel Insurance


Frequently Asked Questions

AAA has partnered with an online service called Sherpa for our travelers. Click here to access this online tool which can help you get the right travel documentation and an understanding up-to-date travel requirements. It is important to check back frequently as requirements may change at any time.

Keep in mind:

  • Even though you are traveling to a final destination, you may also be required to meet the standards of countries you are passing through.
  • Even if you're vaccinated, and tested negative for the coronavirus, you may have to quarantine if your destination requires it for incoming travelers.
  • Look for posting/publication dates associated with information you are reading online to ensure you have the most up-to-date.

You can also reference the links provided in the “HELPFUL WEBSITES” section of this page.

You will have the most travel options and selection if you are vaccinated.

Each cruise line and tour operator has different policies. For up-to-date information, visit the AAA Travel Help Center and access your cruise line or tour operator policies. Travelers affected by a change in policy should contact their AAA Travel Advisor for rescheduling options.

Travelers are considered fully vaccinated on the 15th day after the completion of their COVID-19 vaccine (two shots of Pfizer or Moderna or one shot of Johnson & Johnson).

Some countries need to see your original vaccination card, so make sure your official CDC COVID-19 Vaccination Card is filled out with the date of your dose or doses (if you received a two-dose vaccine). It's a good idea to make a copy of the card or have a photo of it on your phone for backup.

Lost your card? Reach out to your vaccination provider or contact your state health department's immunization information system to obtain a replacement before you go.

Know that proof of vaccination alone may not be sufficient for entry into a country. You may also be required to provide a negative COVID-19 test result or even quarantine. Check here to see the latest travel regulations, quarantine policies, border statuses, and travel requirements by country.

Wearing a mask that covers your nose and mouth is optional on most planes, buses, trains and other forms of public transportation when traveling into, within, or out of the U.S. However, it is best to familiarize yourself the CDC's latest guidance and with local requirements, protocols, and restrictions prior to departure.

International destinations may also have different policies. Click here, for the requirements by country.

Check the CDC website to see the most current guidance. 

You may be required to quarantine.That will depend on your destination and if you meet their current travel requirements. For up-to-date information, visit the U.S. Department of State website and/or the country embassy, or click here

Typically, the cost is the responsibility of the traveler and can vary from $25 to $100 or more.

Some travel providers and resorts do offer COVID-19 testing but be aware that not all types of tests may be accepted upon to returning to the U.S.  Only a viral type test (either molecular NAAT or an antigen)  is acceptable for boarding on U.S.-bound flights.

Check the testing requirements for your destination(s). Also, be sure to keep proof of your test results with you while outside of the U.S.

Check the testing requirements for your destination(s) as certain destinations (like Hawaii) only accept tests from specific providers.

For travelers preparing to leave the U.S., visit the testing locations in your area. 

When returning to the U.S., travelers should consider the availability of appropriate testing capacity at their destination and the time-frame necessary to obtain results, as a contingency when making plans for travel.

For more information on where to obtain a test overseas, travelers should review the relevant U.S. Embassy website.

Self-tests, sometimes referred to as home tests, may meet the criteria leaving the U.S. You need to check the specific requirements for your destination.

Some countries may restrict importation of tests that are not authorized or registered there. Travelers who are considering bringing a U.S.-authorized test with them for use outside of the U.S. should contact authorities at their destination for information before they travel.

The free tests issued by the US Government are not valid for travel because self-tests used for entry into the United States are required to be proctored (e.g. video monitoring, either via a computer or app) and these tests do not come with proctoring. The testing procedure must include a telehealth service affiliated with the manufacturer of the test that provides real-time supervision remotely through an audio and video connection.

For destinations that do allow self-test results, Abbott’s BinaxNOW test kit can be ordered online and delivered to your home in the U.S. Once taken, the test delivers results in as little as 15 minutes.

 

There are two types of tests which tell you if you have COVID-19—Antigen and Molecular.

An Antigen test can be performed in a clinic, doctor’s office or hospital, at home or anywhere else. Rapid tests can provide results as fast as 15 minutes.

Considered the “gold standard”, polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests (a Molecular test) can detect the coronavirus within days of infection, even if you are experiencing no symptoms. These tests can take 1 or more days to return results as they must be processed in a medical lab.

Check your destination for type of test required for entry. 

 

Many countries require proof of a negative COVID-19 test before you are allowed to enter.

There may also be requirements as to the type of test taken, i.e., a molecular or antigen test. Be sure to check both the specific requirements for your destination as well as the countries you need to pass through to arrive at your destination. These requirements may change, so check back often.

You can also check the U.S. Department of State website and/or the country embassy for up-to-date information.

In addition, Travelers who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents can expect to fill out an Attestation Form when entering the U.S. from a foreign country. While this form is likely to be supplied by the airline, you can also print one out in advance and take it with you.

Cruise lines also have specific requirements. For information by cruise line, visit the AAA Travel Help Center.

Federal law requires all airlines to confirm either a negative COVID-19 test result or recovery from COVID-19 and clearance to travel, and collect a passenger attestation form on behalf of the CDC for travelers who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents, on aircraft departing from a foreign country and arriving in the U.S.  For full details and additional insights, visit the Centers for Disease Control.

Update Your Mobile Passport App— or Download the Authorized One Today 

Mobile Passport Control (MPC) allows eligible travelers to submit their passport and customs declaration information through a free, secure app on their smart phone or other mobile device. The use of MPC streamlines the traveler’s entry process into the United States by reducing passport control inspection time and overall wait time in 30 select U.S. international airports and 4 seaports.

As of February 1, 2022, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced that Mobile Passport Control (MPC) application will be the only authorized app for entry into the United States. The CBP MPC app can be downloaded for free from the Google Play Store or Apple App Store. For full details, visit U.S. Customs and Border Protection

Once you are back in the United States, follow CDC’s after international travel recommendations.

Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) is a free service that allows you to enroll your trip with the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate to receive safety information while traveling and help the embassy contact you in an emergency.

State and local governments may have travel restrictions in place, including testing requirements, stay-at-home orders, and quarantine requirements upon arrival. For up-to-date information and travel guidance, check the state and local health department where you are, along your route, and where you are going. Follow all state and local travel restrictions.

For CDC domestic travel recommendations, click here.

Before your trip you can easily contact us for help with your travel questions. Visit the AAA Travel Help Center to submit your question or contact your AAA Travel Advisor.

You may also check the CDC's Frequently Asked Questions.

 


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Domestic Travel Restrictions

Interactive map contains the most up-to-date information on COVID-19 related travel restrictions within the U.S. and Canada.

AAA COVID-19 Travel Restrictions Map >



AAA’s Travel With Confidence webpage is a guide to help you understand some of the key requirements in order for you to travel on your intended itinerary. However, especially as the requirements continue to change quickly, this information does not replace the specific information provided by government and other relevant authorities. The Auto Club Group has partnered with Sherpa to bring this information to you for reference only, and while Sherpa makes best efforts to keep the information updated, due to fast-changing government mandates and restrictions which may be affected by numerous factors (for example, point of origin, age, final destination, purpose or duration of travel, state of vaccination), as well as due to interpretation by the applicable local government officials, The Auto Club Group is not responsible for the completeness and accuracy of this information; neither The Auto Club Group, nor any of its employees or agents may under any circumstances be held responsible or liable in any way for any claim, loss, damage, cost, expense or liability whatsoever that may result from your access to, or reliance on, information provided on this page. It is your responsibility to ensure that you meet all entry requirements and have all the valid travel documents necessary to enter in, exit from or transit through, each country/region on your itinerary as they may vary based on your country of nationality and other factors. The final determination of entry in or transit through is the decision of the government and officials of the country to which you are travelling.