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Covid testing for international travelers

Southwest Airlines

In preparation to flying to Puerto Vallarta soon, I received the email below from Southwest Airlines regarding Covid testing when I fly back to the USA:

 Beginning January 26, 2021, the United States Government is requiring special procedures for flights arriving in the United States for Passengers and airlines.

All Passengers, 2 years of age and older, must provide us with an attestation and show us required COVID-19 documentation to fly to the United States. You will need to keep your testing and other required documentation with you while you travel as a U.S. Government official may request to inspect it.

What you’ll need

To board a flight leaving from a foreign country with a destination in the United States you will need to do 2 things:

1. Submit an attestation (written documentation) to the U.S. Government, through Southwest®, that you are COVID-19 negative or have recently recovered from COVID-19. Each Passenger will be required to submit a form.

2. Bring evidence of your qualifying COVID-19 negative viral test result or your recent recovery from COVID-19, which could be either of the following:

A physical or electronic documentation of a qualifying COVID-19 negative viral* test taken within 3 calendar days preceding your flight’s departure to the U.S.
Evidence of recent recovery from COVID-19 including both (a) a signed letter on letterhead from a licensed healthcare provider or public health official that you have recovered from COVID-19 and are cleared for travel AND (b) physical or electronic documentation of a COVID-19 positive viral test result obtained within the 90 days preceding your flight to the United States.
You should receive an email 3 days prior to your trip back to the United States. Within this email, we will provide you a link to a survey that you will need to complete for each Passenger (i.e., if you are traveling with others, they will need to complete the survey as well).

NOTE: If you are traveling from Cuba to the U.S. you must complete a paper copy of the form. You can find more information here.

We will confirm you, and those traveling with you, have submitted the attestation form and have your test result and other documentation at the airport. If any Passenger does not meet these requirements boarding will be denied.

Where to learn more about testing locations and these requirements

You can learn more about these requirements, including the requirements for test results and documentation, and this process at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control.

For more information on testing locations, please click here.

*A viral test means a viral detection test for current infection (i.e., a nucleic acid amplification test or a viral antigen test) approved or authorized by the relevant national authority for the detection of SARS-CoV-2.

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