What should I do if am overseas and I can’t get tested before my flight during the COVID-19 pandemic?
Passengers should contact the airline regarding options for changing their departure date to allow time for a test, see if the airline has identified options for testing, or if there are options available for changing their flights to transit through a location where they can get tested before boarding their final flight to the United States.
Will I have to pay for my COVID-19 test up front?
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The Biden-Harris Administration is strongly incentivizing health plans and insurers to set up a network of convenient locations across the country such as pharmacies or retailers where people with private health coverage will be able to order online or walk in and pick up at-home over-the-counter COVID-19 tests for free, rather than going through the process of having to submit claims for reimbursement. Consumers can find out from their plan or insurer if it provides direct coverage of over-the-counter COVID-19 tests through such a program or whether they will need to submit a claim for reimbursement. If you are charged for your test after January 15, keep your receipt and submit a claim to your insurance company for reimbursement.
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Will the CDC reimburse travelers for COVID-19 testing fees?
CDC is not able to reimburse travelers for COVID-19 testing fees. You may wish to contact your insurance provider or the location that provided your test about payment options.
When should I get tested for COVID-19 when traveling?
When to Get Tested.
All travelers: Follow all state, tribal, local, and territorial health recommendations and requirements at your destination. If not up to date with your vaccines, get tested as close to the time of departure as possible (no more than 3 days) before your trip, and 3-5 days after travel.
Can an airline deny boarding a passenger if they don’t have a negative COVID-19 test?
Airlines must confirm the negative test result for all passengers or documentation of recovery before they board. If a passenger does not provide documentation of a negative test or recovery, or chooses not to take a test, the airline must deny boarding to the passenger.
What happens if I don’t take a test and want to travel to the US?
Air passengers traveling to the US are required to present a negative COVID-19 test result or documentation of recovery. Airlines must confirm the negative test result or documentation of recovery for all passengers before boarding.
How much does the COVID-19 vaccine cost without insurance?
COVID-19 vaccines are available for everyone ages 5 years and older at no cost. Vaccines were paid for with taxpayer dollars and will be given free of charge to all people living in the United States, regardless of insurance or immigration status.
What if I can’t afford to pay for the at-home over-the-counter COVID-19 test(s) upfront?
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Health plans and insurers are strongly incentivized to set up a network of convenient options across the country, such as pharmacies and retailers, where people will be able to order online or walk in and pick up at-home over-the-counter COVID-19 tests for free rather than going through the process of having to submit claims for reimbursement. Consumers can find out from their plan or insurer if it is providing direct coverage of over-the-counter COVID-19 tests through such a network of preferred pharmacies or retailers.
You can also access free testing in the community. A list of community-based testing sites can be found here. COVID-19 tests are also available without cost-sharing to covered individuals when administered by a health care provider like a nurse, doctor, or pharmacist, without limitation.
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How many COVID-19 tests can I get reimbursed for?
Health plans must cover 8 individual at-home over-the-counter COVID-19 tests per person enrolled in the plan per month. That means a family of four can get 32 tests per month for free.
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Can the CDC help me get a refund for travel expenses if I delay travel because of testing or vaccination requirements for COVID-19?
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CDC does not reimburse or help travelers get reimbursements for travel expenses as a result of canceled or delayed travel because of testing or vaccination requirements for air passengers flying to the United States or other issues related to COVID-19. While some companies may base their policies on CDC’s travel recommendations or requirements, each company establishes its own refund policies.
In some cases, trip cancellation insurance can protect your financial investment in a trip if you need to change your itinerary in the event of an international outbreak. Visit CDC’s Travelers’ Health website if you’d like to learn more about travel insurance, including trip cancellation insurance.
Do I need to get a COVID-19 test before traveling to the United States?
When you travel to the United States by air, you are required to show a negative COVID-19 test result or documentation of recovery from COVID-19 before you board your flight.
Do I need a COVID-19 negative test if am travelling between US states but transit through a foreign country?
If you booked an itinerary from a US state or territory to another US state or territory and the itinerary has you taking a connecting flight through a foreign country, you do not need to be tested. An example of this situation is an itinerary booked between the Northern Mariana Islands (a US territory) and the US mainland via Japan.
How long does it take to show symptoms after you have been exposed to COVID-19?
Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. If you have fever, cough, or other symptoms, you might have COVID-19.
How long does it take for symptoms to start appearing for the COVID-19 disease?
People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus.
Should I get the COVID-19 vaccine before travelling?
Getting vaccinated is still the best way to protect yourself from severe disease and slow the spread of COVID-19. People who are not vaccinated and up to date with their COVID-19 vaccines should follow additional recommendations before, during, and after travel.