Business travel

Confidence rises as global travel resumes

United States requires all non-US citizens to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 before entering, and all arrivals – including vaccinated US citizens – must have proof of a negative test one day prior to departure or proof of have recovered from Covid within 90 days. Groups such as GBTA and travel management company CWT have called on the US government to drop the testing requirement for vaccinated travelers, but at press time it remains. Masks remain mandatory on airplanes and other public transportation until at least April 18, and some U.S. municipalities may require indoor masking. Last month, New York City dropped its vaccine requirements for restaurants, though some may choose to require it.

the UK last month dropped all Covid-related travel restrictions, and international travelers can enter the country regardless of their vaccination status and without quarantine.

Restrictions vary depending on the countries that make up the European Union, but many have eased them in recent months. France, for example, no longer requires a Covid test for vaccinated travelers to enter, and Germany last month dropped quarantine requirements regardless of country of origin. Some countries, including Denmark and the Netherlands, have dropped all Covid-19 regulations. IATA and other travel groups have called for the removal of restrictions in Europe. Travel to Eastern Europe is complicated by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine

Australia in February, restrictions on fully vaccinated incoming international travelers were lifted, although some states maintain quarantine requirements. Unvaccinated travelers need a valid travel exemption and must quarantine.

Japan last month began allowing entry to approved international business travelers (but not leisure travellers) who offer proof of a negative Covid test before departure and on arrival. Vaccinated and boosted travelers can avoid quarantine, others must quarantine seven days, or three with an additional negative Covid test.

At the beginning of April, Omicron was rampant in China, which locked down certain metropolitan areas in an effort to contain the virus. The country remains largely closed to international business travelers, with mandatory negative testing and quarantine for the few people approved.