Private Jet Flights Are Included In New U.S. COVID-19 Testing Requirements – Forbes

Last night’s announcement by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) about COVID-19 testing requirements for travelers arriving by air to the U.S. extends to those of you aboard private jets. However, it’s not expected to be a major issue – so long as you can provide documentation.

“We’ve been navigating rules and restrictions and documentation requirements that change daily since the beginning, so this isn’t going to be different,” says one private aviation executive who asked not to be named.

Over the holidays, international private jet flights had been picking up. Flights from the U.S. to Antigua jumped 70%, while Turks and Caicos flights increased 41%, Saint Martin saw a 32% jump, and Mexico flights surged 17%, according to data from WingX.

The new rules go into effect on Jan. 26 and apply to all passengers regardless of citizenship.

All air passengers arriving to the U.S. from a foreign country will need to get tested no more than three days before their flight departs. They will need to provide proof of the negative result or documentation of having recovered from COVID-19 before boarding the flight.

According to the CDC, “If you have had a positive viral test in the past three months, and you have met the criteria to end isolation, you may travel instead with documentation of your positive viral test results and a letter from your healthcare provider or a public health official that states you have been cleared for travel.”

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The positive test result and letter together are referred to as “documentation of recovery.”

While folks are wondering if flying privately is a way to evade the new requirements, the answer seems to be a firm no.

An FAQ section of the CDC website states, “This order applies to all flights, including private flights and general aviation aircraft (charter flights). Passengers traveling by air into the U.S. are required to have proof of testing regardless of flight type.”

The testing requirements include those of you who have already received COVID-19 vaccinations.

Private jet passengers need to show their documentation to the aircraft operator before boarding, per the CDC.

The new rule means that destinations, hotels and resorts that have reopened and want to attract visitors who live in the U.S. will likely need to offer convenient testing options.

It also means that if you are flying privately, pay close attention to the terms regarding changing or canceling your flights.

Cancelation deadlines for international private jet flights can often be several days to even weeks before your departure. While charter operators generally try to work with customers, if you can’t get tested and they have already positioned the aircraft for your flight or had to turn down another customer, you could end up losing your payment.

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Author: The Covid-19 Channel