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Health Alert: COVID-19 Testing Requirement for Air Travel, Resumption of Some International Flights
January 20, 2021



EventCOVID-19 Testing Requirement for Air Travel, Resumption of Some International Flights


The U.S. Embassy continues to monitor the rapidly changing conditions due to COVID-19 in Venezuela and in other locations worldwide.  The most current information regarding the impact of COVID-19 may be found at our COVID Information Page.


COVID-19 Testing Requirement for Air Travel 


Effective January 26, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will require all air passengers entering the United States (including U.S. citizens and Lawful Permanent Residents) to present a negative COVID-19 test, taken within three calendar days of departure, or proof of recovery from the virus within the last 90 days.  Airlines must confirm the negative test result or proof of recent recovery for all passengers prior to boarding and must deny boarding of passengers who do not provide documentation of a negative test or recovery. 


Please see CDC’s FAQ and the Embassy’s COVID Information Page for more information on the new requirement. If you are planning to return to the United States, contact your airline for specific information about testing requirements for travelers.  Because airlines may adopt and modify their own specific policies to implement CDC’s new rule, you should contact the carrier for your U.S.-bound flight and not rely on information from other carriers or information or experience from previous trips. 


Resumption of Some International Flights 


The Venezuelan Civil Aviation Authority (INAC) announced January 18 that limited commercial flights to Panama and the Dominican Republic have resumed. U.S. citizens in Venezuela who require consular services should try to leave the country as soon and as safely as possible, and either contact a U.S. Embassy or Consulate in a third country or return to the United States.  Contact reputable travel agencies to inquire about flight availability and cost.  The U.S. government has limited ability to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens in Venezuela.


Registration for Continued Flight Information 


For continuing information on developments regarding outbound commercial, evacuation, and/or repatriation flights, please register your interest with the American Citizen Services Unit of the U.S. Embassy in Bogota here. If you have previously registered your interest with us, please do not fill out this form again; you need to register only once.


Further Information  


The Department of State’s Travel Advisory for Venezuela has been “Level 4 – Do Not Travel” since February 2019, and the U.S. Embassy in Caracas suspended operations in March 2019. The U.S. government has extremely limited ability to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens in Venezuela. Because of this, the U.S. government cannot arrange transportation, lodging, or provide emergency financial assistance to U.S. citizens in Venezuela.


Please continue to monitor the Venezuela Affairs Unit website and social media accounts (@USEmbassyVE) for any updates. Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive email updates.




U.S. Embassy Bogotá, Colombia

+57-1-275-2000 or ACSBogota@state.gov


U.S. Department of State – Consular Affairs

+1-888-407-4747 or +1-202-501-4444