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Is it safe for me to travel abroad?

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Making good health decisions as the world opens up again

The US State Department and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have recently announced reduced risk levels to many destinations. And regions are now admitting travelers under more relaxed covid-test requirements.

What do the travel advisory levels mean?

The US government has a travel advisory for every country. They provide security information and details about possible risks to your health. The risk level depends on conditions in the country, availability of flights to US Citizens, and the ability of the US government to provide help. There is a four-level risk table:

1: exercise normal precautions

Normal travel health precautions include food and water hygiene and good respiratory etiquette; insect-bite avoidance; and making sure your shots and vaccinations are up to date.

2: exercise increased caution

This level means that there are some risks to health and security. Some groups, such as the immunocompromised or pregnant people may have to take extra steps to protect their health, or they may want to avoid travel to this place.

3: reconsider travel

There are serious risks to safety at this destination, and conditions may change at any time.

4: do not travel

It is not safe for you at this destination, and you should leave when you can do so without putting yourself in danger.

Learn more here about The US Government's travel advisories.

Should I get tested for covid before my international trip?

As the pandemic situation changes, governments around the world are changing their health advisories. So when you are planning your travels, take time to understand what you need to do to safely enter the country. Failure to comply with border requirements may delay your trip, or you could even be deported.

You can get advice about border requirements from:

Many countries are now letting vaccinated travelers arrive untested. But other countries still require a covid-test certificate from all travelers. This is a certificate showing a negative result from a medically supervised covid-19 test taken within a specified time window before the flight’s scheduled departure – often 72 hours.

You may also need to show proof of vaccination or proof of recovery.

At Global Travel Clinics we provide a covid-19 test service, including PCR tests and rapid antigen tests. We can also provide a kit that you can use for one of our video-supervised covid-19 tests. This allows you to take a rapid antigen test in the privacy of your own home or your accommodation.

Does my covid-19 test come with a travel certificate?

All our covid-test results are delivered with a certificate that will be accepted at international borders.

Where can I get same-day results covid testing near me?

We email your results and certificate to you within 24 hours at our basic covid-19 PCR test service level, but we can offer priority covid testing with same-day results.

If you are concerned about getting tested during your trip, perhaps one of our video-supervised rapid antigen tests will meet your needs.

What travel jabs do I need for my trip abroad?

Now that travel is possible again, so is exposure to common traveler’s diseases like Japanese encephalitis, yellow fever and tick-borne encephalitis. So before you go, get travel health advice from a healthcare professional. They will help you work out an appropriate regime of travel vaccines, and give advice on the steps you need to take to reduce your exposure to the pathogens that cause malaria and meningitis and other illnesses. This might include insect bite avoidance and simple food hygiene advice.

We’d like you to make this travel health consultation appointment six to eight weeks before your departure – but we can also help if you’re traveling last minute.