Oct 11, 2021 - Economy

Pent-up demand for international holiday travel meets COVID

Vaccination rates in popular travel destinations
Data: Our World in Data; Chart: Jared Whalen/Axios

If you're traveling internationally this holiday season, make sure you know all the COVID-related requirements at your destination.

Why it matters: International travel poses an increased risk of infection even for fully vaccinated travelers. If you don't follow local rules on masks, testing or quarantine, you could be forced to return to the U.S.

What's happening: While domestic air travel has bounced back strongly, international trips are still 56% below pre-pandemic levels, according to data compiled by Airlines for America.

  • Mexico and the Dominican Republic are by far the most popular destinations from the U.S. In September, air traffic to those destinations even surpassed 2019 levels.

Be smart: Travel restrictions continue to evolve. Check frequently with your airline and destination for the latest requirements.

  • In any case, you will be required to get a COVID-19 test before your return to the U.S., even if you are fully vaccinated.

Go deeper: CDC guidelines on international travel

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