County Following CDC Travel Guidelines, Including Testing Requirement for International Flights – Noozhawk

Santa Barbara County and California now follow the federal travel guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which require proof of a negative COVID-19 test or recent recovery from the virus for all incoming international travelers.

The summertime travel season started with a busy Memorial Day weekend, and last week’s reopening ended many restrictions for businesses and performance venues.

Wearing a mask that covers the nose and mouth is required for everyone on public transportation, including planes, trains, buses, airports, transit centers and other transportation hubs. 

Public health agencies suggest that a person delay travel until they are fully vaccinated. 

For international travel, “all air passengers coming to the United States, including U.S. citizens and fully vaccinated people, are required to have a negative COVID-19 test result no more than three days before travel or documentation of recovery from COVID-19 in the past three months before they board a flight to the United States.” 

The proof of recovery is defined as “proof of a recent positive viral test and a letter from your health care provider or a public health official stating that you were cleared to travel.” 

The CDC COVID-19-related guidelines for travel within the United States. Click to view larger

The CDC’s COVID-19-related guidelines for travel within the United States.

The written (paper or electronic) proof of a negative test result within three days of the flight into the United States must include: 

» Type of test (indicating that it is a NAAT or antigen test)

» Entity issuing the result (e.g., laboratory, health care entity or telehealth service)

» Specimen collection date. A negative test result must show the specimen was collected within the three days before the flight. A positive test result for documentation of recovery from COVID-19 must show the specimen was collected within the three months before the flight.

» Information that identifies the person (full name plus at least one other identifier such as date of birth or passport number)

» Test result

The CDC COVID-19-related guidelines for international travel. Click to view larger

The CDC’s COVID-19-related guidelines for international travel.

The proof of test or recent recovery is not required for domestic travel within the United States, and it’s not required for land border crossings into the country.

The CDC suggests that unvaccinated people get tested for the novel coronavirus before and after air travel, and quarantine at home for a week after returning to self-monitor for symptoms. 

​The Santa Barbara Airport reminds travelers that masks are required in the terminal and on flights, and asks people to avoid traveling if they are sick. 

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Travelers check into the Santa Barbara Airport on Tuesday. (Brooke Holland / Noozhawk photo)

The SBA has regular flights to and from cities throughout California and other states, including Oregon, Washington, Nevada, Arizona, Colorado and Texas.

Los Angeles International Airport, about 90 miles south of Santa Barbara, requires all travelers coming from another state or country to fill out a form acknowledging they have read and understood the CDC’s travel guidance.

LAX has multiple on-site rapid testing and vaccination locations as well, according to the website. 

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