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Vaccinations and Flying - What's Needed?

Vaccinations and Flying – What’s Needed?


March 22, 2021

CFG Client Services

Every day we hear updates on the COVID-19 vaccines as more doses become available and more people become inoculated. This news is giving everyone some much-needed hope and optimism. With enough people vaccinated, we could start to see some normalcy return to our daily lives.

Although the world has made significant progress toward remedying the COVID-19 outbreak, we are still not in the clear. The virus continues to spread, and, therefore, we must remain vigilant and keep following safety guidelines and precautions.

With so many changes and updates, especially with the onset of vaccinations, it can be tricky knowing what protocols to follow. When it comes to flying during COVID on a private jet, we have provided a guide with the most up-to-date flying requirements.

Whether you are curious about whether you can travel without getting a vaccine or what documents you need to provide before boarding your private aircraft, we have covered some of your frequently asked COVID-related questions.

Do I need to be vaccinated to travel?

Many travelers are wondering can you travel without getting vaccinated? Yes. You do not need the COVID vaccine to travel on a private jet charter. That said, if you qualify and are eligible to receive the COVID vaccination, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) strongly encourages you to do so.

By getting the vaccination, you can prevent yourself from getting seriously ill if you catch the virus, and it can protect others around you, too. Do keep in mind, the vaccination will not fully protect you until a week after your second dose. This time frame is important to consider when making travel plans.

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Will I need to show proof of vaccination when I travel?

No. As of right now, private and commercial airlines do not require proof of vaccination to fly–even if you are vaccinated. However, this may change as more people become inoculated.

As part of his executive order regarding the pandemic, President Biden has asked government agencies to consider digital vaccination documents, which would provide proof of your COVID vaccination. This health passport could be something that is required when traveling in the future, but nothing is set in stone at this time.

While there is no standardization yet, it is a good idea to carry a copy of your vaccination card with you when you travel.

Do I need to wear a mask if I am vaccinated?

Yes, you still need to wear a face mask when traveling, even if you are vaccinated. When you fly private, you are required to wear a face mask for the entirety of your flight. The same goes for when traveling on public transportation; you must mask up on trains and buses and at bus stations, terminals, and airports.

Even vaccinated people need to continue wearing masks because the experts are still researching whether you can spread the virus when vaccinated. While you may not feel symptoms of the virus, there is still a possibility that you could carry and spread it to passengers and the flight crew when flying.

Do I need to take a test before traveling?

It depends. Different countries, cities, and areas are free to set their own rules regarding viral tests.

As of January 12, 2021, anyone flying into the United States must provide a negative test from within the past three days before they can board their flight. Even if you are inoculated and have proof of your vaccination, you are still required to provide a negative result at this time.

Currently, there are no viral testing requirements for traveling domestically in the U.S., but the CDC recommends getting a test one to three days before traveling. If you test positive, do not travel.

Do I need to quarantine before or after traveling, even if I have received the vaccine?

Yes, more than likely. Because the vaccine is still so new and only a small portion of our population has received it, not many flying requirements or quarantine guidelines have changed in response yet.

Each state, city, and territory has the right to set its own COVID rules and guidelines regarding testing and quarantining that all travelers are expected to follow. Most states have not made any changes, with the exception of New Hampshire. As of January 2021, New Hampshire allows vaccinated travelers to skip post-travel quarantine if they are 14 days beyond their second dose.

Regardless of whether you have received the vaccine, the CDC encourages travelers to research specific state, territorial, and local requirements before making travel plans.

Will they check my temperature before flying if I am vaccinated?

Yes, if you are flying on a private jet, you will receive a temperature check before boarding. All passengers are subject to temperature checks, regardless of their vaccination status. Based on CDC recommendations, if your temperature exceeds 100.4 degrees F, you will not be allowed to board the private aircraft. In this case, you will receive a 100% cancellation fee.

The only exception to this private jet flying requirement is if you have a non-communicable illness responsible for your increase in temperature. In this case, you must present the charter plane service with a doctor’s note 24 hours prior to departure.

Do I need to provide documents before boarding a private flight?

Yes, every private jet traveler must provide a signed COVID-19 Health Declaration Form before boarding their aircraft, regardless of whether they are vaccinated. This document declares that you have not been in direct contact with an infected person, experienced symptoms, or tested positive for the virus within the past 14 days. By signing the document, you also agree to inform the charter company if you experience any changes in this status 14 days before your flight or 30 days after.

If you are interested in flying during COVID, turn to Charter Flight Group. We are following the recommendations of the CDC, the World Health Organization (WHO), the Transportation Security Association (TSA), and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to ensure your safety. We have also trained our flight personnel to adhere to all safety procedures, flying requirements, and precautions to provide you with a safe and flawless journey.

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