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Before You Go

As travel resumes, please review the items below to ensure you are prepared and understand the steps you should take to remain safe and healthy throughout your trip. The first, and most important step, is to make sure all travel has been booked through your authorized travel management company (TMC), World Travel, Inc.

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Domestic Travel

Each state and territory has their own travel requirements, and polices change frequently so we encourage you to continue checking the resources below to ensure you are prepared for your next trip. Hover over the map below for an interactive view from Riskline that outlines COVID-19 domestic risk ratings as well as destination specific COVID information.

 

 

Global Travel

As countries begin to reopen their borders it is essential to monitor the status and travel requirements up to the day of your trip. Polices change frequently so we encourage you to continue checking the resources below to ensure you are prepared for your next international trip.

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Foreign Embassies
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Vendor Resources

Understanding travel vendor policies will help you prepare for your next trip. Requirements vary by provider and are constantly changing, so before you leave for your trip we encourage you to check the resources below for the latest information.

 

FAQ's

Before You Go

Items to Consider Packing

In addition to your standard luggage items you will want to pack a face mask, hand sanitizer, cleaning wipes, and a thermometer. 

Questions to Ask Before You Travel

We recommend researching what will be required in the office/location you are traveling to. Policies will differ by location so be sure to inquire on:

  • Will they require health screening?
  • In what areas do they require a mask?
  • Are there specific procedures to enter the building/get a security clearance? 
  • Are office amenities available? (e.g. break areas, office cafeteria)
Update Personal Information

Please make sure all your personal information is up to date with Human Resources and an emergency contact is notated when required.

Importance of Booking Travel Through World Travel, Inc.
Now more than ever it is crucial for your company to know where you are. Booking though your TMC provides your company with the information needed to locate you during your travels.
State & Territorial Health Department Websites

Below is a link to the health departments you will need to reference when traveling domestically.

State & Territorial Health Department Websites

What to Expect When Departing

Some countries are conducting exit screening for all passengers leaving their destination. Before being permitted to board a departing flight, you may have your temperature taken and be asked questions about your travel history and health.

Airport Security & Regulations

Are There Special Procedures In Place At TSA?
Yes, several. The TSA has a whole page dedicated to them. Find it here. They cover consolidation of screening due to reduced passenger volumes, social distancing procedures such as using every other lane, sanitizing bins, wiping down the ETD machine, and more. Additionally, travelers should be prepared to place any meals you bring with you in a separate bin.
How Much Sanitizer Can I Bring?
TSA is currently allowing one liquid hand sanitizer container, up to 12 ounces, per passenger in carry-on bags until further notice.
My Drivers License Is Expired, Can I Fly?

If your U.S. driver's license or state-issued ID expired on or after March 1, 2020, and you have been unable to renew, you may still use it as acceptable identification at checkpoints. TSA will currently accept expired drivers licenses or state-issued ID a year after expiration.

Can I Have a Printed Boarding Pass?

Printed or digital boarding passes are allowed, but the boarding pass or device will be scanned by the traveler. It will no longer be handed to the TSA agent.

What Are The Mask Requirements?
Most airports will require a mask to be worn at all times apart from a brief lowing of the mask to confirm identity by the TSA agent.
Should I Plan Extra Time For Security?
We recommend arriving at the airport at least 2 hours before a domestic trip and at least 3 hours for international travel.  Airports are getting busier and travelers should expect heavy passenger traffic.
TSA Self-Service Kiosks
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is piloting a new touchless “self-service” technology that matches a traveler’s live photo with the photo on their ID.
Any Other Airport Tips?

In addition to the list above, travelers should also be prepared for a few other changes when going through security lines. 

  • Travelers should be prepared to place any meals in a separate bin.
  • Travelers may be asked to remain 6 feet apart when in line and going through security.
  • The agents checking ID and boarding passes will be wearing masks, gloves, and in some cases eye protection. 
  • At this point no additional time is required at the airport to get through security, but this may change as the volume of travelers increases. 

Global Travel

Status of Consulates
As a best practice you may want to check to see what consulates are open and if there are any new visa requirements.
Items to Consider Packing for International Trip
  • Bring a mask to wear in public places.
  • Pack hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
  • Bring enough of your medicine to last you for the entire trip.

 

Quarantine Requirements
Each country has their own requirements for travelers. Some are requiring a mandatory 14 day quarantine, but these restrictions are changing daily so please be sure to check with your destination prior to leaving for your trip.
Visa Requirements

U.S. citizens may need a visa to enter a foreign country. Before traveling to another country, contact its embassy or consulate as far in advance as possible to find out:

  • Whether you must apply for a visa to visit the country, and when.

  • If the country has any other requirements you must meet before you can enter.

Find additional information in the U.S. Department of State's information document for the country.

Vendor Resources

Steps Being Taken To Clean Rail Stations

Amtrak has amplified the cleaning of their trains, to include fogging, a sanitization method that disinfects surface areas and is highly effective and safe. Following the fogging process, highly touched surfaces including tray tables, seats and restrooms are thoroughly sanitized as well as seating areas and Quik-Trak kiosks.

Arrival at Amtrak Stations
Customers are encouraged to arrive only 30 minutes before departure or no more than 60 minutes if in need of ticketing and/or baggage assistance
Services Available On Amtrak
Effective May 20th, café service aboard Amtrak trains will be offered as carryout only. The café will continue to offer a menu of meals, snacks, and beverages for sale (no cash will be accepted). Customers can take these items to their seats or private rooms.
Car Rental Cleaning Procedures
While policies will vary by rental company, the large rental companies have committed to ensuring each vehicle is thoroughly cleaned and sanitized between every rental. Disposable gloves are used when cleaning. Special attention to interior customer touch points such as seats, steering wheels, door handles and other hard surfaces. This includes washing, vacuuming, general wipe down and sanitizing with a disinfectant that meets leading health authority requirements.
Car Rental Precautions
Open the windows to air out the vehicle when you first drive it, along with wiping down its interior with a sanitizer and cleaning your own hands before and after driving.
Hotel Arrival Tips
  • Please access the specific hotel website to verify the above information prior to your travel date.
  • Ensure you are booked into a hotel that is being promoted by your travel department (it could be that your travel department has identified a subset of hotels that meet certain post Covid-19 cleaning standards that they feel are required).
Hotel Mask Requirements
Most hotels are requiring guests to wear masks in all public locations of the hotel. We recommend planning to wear a mask everywhere in the hotel apart from your room.
Hotel Cleaning Policies
Hotels have enhanced their cleaning polices and have made changes to how frequently they clean public spaces, and guest rooms, please check the Hotel Cleaning Policies link below.
 

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Legal Disclaimer

This webpage is intended to be informative and in no way guarantees travelers health/safety. For specific information surrounding COVID-19 traveler safety we encourage you to reach out to your risk management provider, and/or HR department. This page is a compilation of information from third-party sources and World Travel, Inc. cannot guarantee accuracy, as all information is subject to change. Any questions about travel should be directed to your company travel manager or human resources department.