As the first people get the COVID-19 vaccine, many wonder if you need a vaccine to fly. For example, airlines did not initially need a face mask to fly in the early weeks of the pandemic. Will airlines be faster to impose a vaccine for flying in 2021? Traveling RN Taylor Reed (right) receives a Covid-19 vaccination from Martin Luther King Jr. … [+] (MLK) Community Hospital on January 6, 2021 in the Willowbrook neighborhood of Los Angeles, California. – Deep in a southern Los Angeles hospital, a row of elderly Hispanic men in induced comas lay hooked up to ventilators, as nurses dressed in space suit-like respirators checked their sound monitors in the eerie silence . The intensive care unit in one of the city’s poorest neighborhoods is well used to death, but with Los Angeles now in the midst of the Covid pandemic in the United States, doctors say they don’t have never seen anything of this magnitude. (Photo by Patrick T. FALLON / AFP) (Photo by PATRICK T. FALLON / AFP via Getty Images) AFP via Getty Images Will you need a coronavirus vaccine to fly? With the COVID-19 vaccine not yet widely available, airlines do not require proof of vaccination to fly. However, some airlines and countries indicate that vaccination is necessary for the future. Will it only be necessary for international travel, domestic travel, or both? Time will tell, but current statements indicate that the vaccine will have to travel abroad first. As the first recipients started receiving the doses at the end of 2020, it may take several months before we see the need for a vaccine as a requirement to fly commercial. The American public might also have a clearer idea once the Biden-Harris administration takes control of the White House on January 20, 2021. As President Trump launched Operation Warp Speed to deliver the vaccine in record time , the new administration will oversee most of the country’s deployment. . Travel vaccines required Although the COVID-19 vaccine is not yet required to fly, some high-risk countries require specific immunizations to enter the country. For example, it is common for many countries in Latin America, Asia and Africa to require the vaccine against yellow fever. International students and those traveling for a specific reason may also need routine vaccines. Tetanus, typhoid, and hepatitis A may also be necessary vaccines for some destinations. Once the COVID vaccine becomes widely available, countries may require proof of vaccination to enter it. CDC Vaccine Deployment Schedule As vaccine supply is limited, CDC is currently proposing a phased deployment schedule. The first groups of people to receive the vaccine are: First responders Health care workers Residents of long-term care facilities People 75 years of age and over The second phase of deployment prioritizes vaccine for high-risk adults, Kindergarten to Grade 12 teachers and critical hazard workers and critical industries. Finally, adults and children at low risk can receive the vaccine. Each state and country in the United States has its own deployment schedule. However, many people can expect to receive the vaccine by the end of 2021. Airlines may demand a COVID vaccine So far, Qantas is the first airline to firmly claim that proof of vaccination is required for international flights. Qantas CEO Alan Joyce called the vaccine a “necessity” once it becomes widely available in a CNN interview in November 2020. Statements from other airlines, including Korean Air and Delta Air Lines , indicate that a vaccine will ultimately be a prerequisite. It remains to be seen whether governments will require a vaccine to enter the country or whether individual airlines will first adopt new policies. Passengers may be more willing to fly once a generalized vaccine is available as a way to boost “herd immunity”. But from a public opinion perspective, airlines can wait to apply a travel vaccine for domestic and international travel once the destination government makes vaccination mandatory. Immunity passport Governments and international organizations such as the World Health Organization are already developing solutions to reopen travel abroad. The main solution is an immunity passport. Israel Green Passport Israel is the first country to announce an immunity passport. Citizens can receive a “green passport” after receiving the COVID-19 vaccine. This special passport may lift the quarantine restrictions upon direct contact with an infected person. Pass holders can also access cultural events and restaurants. The Israeli vaccine requires two injections to get the full dosage. Travelers qualify for the pass after getting the second shot. IATA Travel Pass The International Air Travel Association (IATA) is developing the IATA Travel Pass. This pass allows travelers to upload their vaccination history and other travel essentials to the pass. Airlines and countries can quickly see if the traveler has the necessary vaccines. Travelers can also use the IATA Health Pass to find nearby vaccine providers and destination testing requirements. CLEAR Health Pass Another immunity passport in preparation is the CLEAR Health Pass. Frequent travelers can already use CLEAR to avoid long pre-airport security lines. Or they can also use it to enter public places such as qualifying stadiums and museums. The Health Pass can integrate the current expedited security benefits with a medical examination. How to Fly Until a Vaccine Arrives Until the vaccine is widely available (and needed to fly), airlines are developing ways to protect the health of passengers. There are several options airlines and governments are implementing to boost business and leisure travel while providing peace of mind. Pre-travel testing Now that coronavirus diagnostic testing is more common, airlines are starting to require pre-travel testing on more routes. For domestic travel within the United States, flying to Hawaii was the first test case. In fall 2020, Hawaii launched its pre-travel testing program to allow leisure travelers to waive the 14-day quarantine. Airlines have partnered with test labs to offer self-contained at-home kits and rapid tests at the airport. Passengers pay the test fee, but a negative result means no quarantine period. Depending on the destination, passengers may also need to install a contact tracing app or stay in a “resort bubble”. These requirements are more likely when visiting foreign countries. Travel corridors for international flights Prior to the pandemic, international travel was a primary source of income for many commercial airlines. As global hotspots continually change, airlines are launching “travel lanes”. These corridors are between major international airports where a destination may have a mandatory quarantine. Delta Air Lines is testing a travel corridor between Atlanta and Rome. Eligible flyers must meet these conditions to travel: Traveling for an essential reason such as work, family or school Have a negative COVID PCR test from 72 hours before departure (or take a rapid test at the airport) Observe social distancing and contact tracing guidelines at destination These flights allow the mandatory quarantine to be lifted at destination. Americans can forgo the period of self-isolation which can be up to 14 days in Europe. Without these travel lanes, international flights remain difficult, even for essential travel. These travel corridors can extend to non-essential time travel. However, non-essential international travel may not return to a certain level of normality before the vaccine arrives. Travel for Essential Reasons The Christmas and New Years holidays saw the highest number of daily TSA checks since airlines began cutting routes at the start of the pandemic. Traveler confidence appears to be improving thanks to more widespread testing and more robust contact tracing. While passengers most often traveled for leisure and to see their families, flying only when necessary may be a good practice. Flying for essential reasons means passengers are less likely to need to self-quarantine upon arrival. States located primarily in the northeast and west of the United States have mandatory quarantines for tourists and returning residents. Summary Air passengers do not yet need a coronavirus vaccine to travel on the plane. But governments will likely need this vaccine for travelers soon. Until then, airlines and governments increasingly require pre-travel diagnostic testing to minimize the spread. Related Articles:.
to request modification Contact us at Here or [email protected]