Updated July 7, 2021
During this time of uncertainty, I thought I would take the opportunity to start sending out regular updates regarding the Coronavirus and how it affects international travel and pilgrimages. While some countries have bans on International travel, many have begun to reduce travel restrictions, with some completely eliminating travel restrictions altogether.
Most countries are requiring a negative covid test result within 48 hours of departure in order to board your first flight, and within 72 hours of your arrival at your final destination. Covid tests are available now in most pharmacies or hospitals for free. Some airports are even able to administer a Rapid Covid Test in the airport terminal before heading through TSA security and have the results available within 30 minutes, however, the cost for this service is $299.
If you have already received both shots or doses of a Covid-19 Vaccine, please keep a copy of your vaccination verification card with you. At this time, you are still required to provide a negative Covid Test Result in order to enter most foreign countries even if you have been fully vaccinated, however, this is expected to change soon.
Effective January 26, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will require all air passengers two years of age and over entering the United States (including U.S. citizens and Legal Permanent Residents) to present a negative COVID-19 test, taken within three (3) calendar days of departure, or proof of recovery from the virus within the last 90 days. Airlines must confirm the negative test result or proof of recent recovery for all passengers prior to boarding. Airlines must deny boarding of passengers who do not provide documentation of a negative test or recovery. https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/ea/covid-testing-required-us-entry.html
You can now apply for routine service and expect to receive a passport in 10-12 weeks*. You also have the option of paying an additional $60 for expedited service to receive your passport in 4-6 weeks. If you plan to expedite your passport application due to upcoming travel plans, we recommend that you send your application using USPS’ Priority Mail Express. Passport agencies and centers are offering extremely limited in-person services if you need to travel internationally in the next 72 hours (3 business days). https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/ea/passport-covid-19.html
Currently, ALL Airlines, Foreign and Domestic, require all passengers to wear a mask while onboard the plane, for the duration of the flight. This includes transatlantic and overnight flights. Masks are also required in Public Spaces, including hotels, restaurants, and onboard tour buses, in most foreign countries. Be sure to have extra disposable masks in your carry-on bag.
The best travel destinations for Spring and Summer travel:
Currently, there are NO Restrictions or bans on travel to Mexico. Americans are free to travel from the US without testing or quarantines upon arrival. Our First Group Departure to the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Mexico is scheduled for April 29, 2021! For additional dates and pricing click here.
Travel to Medjugorje only requires a negative COVID test 48 hours prior to arrival. So, now is a great time to make a Pilgrimage to Medjugorje.
Israel has announced the resumption of tourism. Book with confidence any trip starting in June of 2021 or later.
Consult the complete list of available Holy Land Pilgrimage Tours in 2021 and 2022.
Greece has opened up. This year will be a great time to walk in the Footsteps of Saint Paul during one of our Greece Pilgrimages.
See our list of upcoming Pilgrimages to Greece.
Americans should be able to travel to Poland and the Divine Mercy sites in July.
Portugal has announced it will be welcoming tourists and pilgrims this summer! Book a Fatima pilgrimage tour today.
(Check back here weekly for current updates. )