As the most trusted travel agency in Massachusetts, Aprin Travel understands how important staying in the know is – especially during uncertain times. Because of this, we do the work for our customers, so you don’t have to! Here, we are taking a look at a few of the most recent travel restrictions and openings.
Canada will have to wait.
March 18th, the Department of Homeland Security announced via a tweet that borders will remain closed.
“To prevent the further spread of COVID-19, and in coordination with our partners in Canada and Mexico, the United States is extending the restrictions on nonessential travel at our borders through April 21, while ensuring continued flows of essential trade and travel.”
With the initial closure occurring on March 21, 2020, the restrictions are monitored and assessed on a month-by-month basis. If you are traveling into Canada for essential reasons, prepare to prove so and further quarantine upon arrival.
However, restrictions for Mexico travel are a bit different.
Sunny days ahead – maybe.
In contrast, passengers flying into Mexico will experience nearly no restrictions or precautions upon arrival. Instead, travelers are required to complete a questionnaire inquiring on COVID-19 risk factors and contact information. There is no negative test documentation or quarantine period required. That said, current COVID-19 travel information does have Mexico flagged as very high risk, and the CDC advises against all travel to the country.
However, if it’s full steam ahead, returning to the US will not be as easy. Before you’re allowed to board your departure flight, prepare to test and present your negative result. Many resorts have on-site testing and will provide test results within the required 72-hour window. Once home to Massachusetts, you must quarantine for 7 days and have a second test performed between days 3 and 5. However, if you don’t opt for a second test, the quarantine period is extended to 10 days. These measures are set in place by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Massachusetts rules for travel.
March 18th was a big day not only for international travel, but also for travel rules in Massachusetts. Under the new advisory, anyone arriving in Massachusetts after being outside of the state for more than 24 hours will be advised to quarantine for 10 days. This advisory replaces the former travel order, which also required people to complete a travel form.
For more information, please refer to Phase 4, Step 1 of the state’s reopening plan.
As the most trusted travel agency in Massachusetts, you can count on Arpin Travel to keep you and your family safe during these times. Staying in the know on the most recent happenings and restrictions is only one way we provide our customers with peace of mind.
For more information please contact our professionals at (508) 883-1013.