Private jet flights included in new US COVID-19 testing requirements


Last night’s announcement by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) regarding COVID-19 testing requirements for travelers arriving by air in the United States extends to those of you on board of private jets. However, this is not expected to be a major problem – as long as you can provide documentation.

“We’re navigating the rules, restrictions and documentation requirements that change daily from the start, so it’s not going to be any different,” said a private aviation executive who asked not to be named.

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During the holidays, international flights of private jets resumed. Flights from the United States to Antigua jumped 70%, while flights from the Turks and Caicos Islands increased 41%, Saint Martin jumped 32%, and flights from Mexico increased. jumped 17%, according to data from WingX.

The new rules will take effect on January 26 and will apply to all passengers, regardless of their nationality.

All air passengers arriving in the United States from a foreign country must be tested no later than three days before their flight departs. They will need to provide proof of the negative result or documentation of recovery from COVID-19 before boarding the flight.

According to the CDC, “If you’ve had a positive viral test in the past three months and have met the criteria to end isolation, you can travel instead with documentation of your positive viral test results. and a letter from your health care provider or public health official stating that you have been authorized to travel. “

The positive test result and the letter together are called “recovery documentation”.

While people wonder if flying in private is a way to escape the new demands, the answer seems to be a definite 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 to the United States must have proof of testing regardless of the type of flight. “

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

Passengers on private jets must show their documentation to the aircraft operator prior to boarding, in accordance with the CDC.

The new rule means that destinations, hotels and resorts that have reopened and want to attract visitors residing in the United States will likely have to offer convenient testing options.

It also means that if you are traveling privately, pay close attention to the conditions for changing or canceling your flights.

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