The CDC highly recommends receiving the COVID vaccine to protect yourself and those around you from the virus, but you do not have to be vaccinated to travel through a private jet charter. At this time, airlines will not request that you provide proof of vaccination before boarding.
However, some destinations may require proof of vaccination upon arrival, while some will also accept a negative COVID test within a specified time frame before travel. Some destinations, like the Netherlands, are only allowing vaccinated visitors, while visitors to Germany must be fully vaccinated or recently infected with COVID-19 and fully recovered. With that being said, every destination will be different, and you should look into the requirements for your destination before booking your flight.
COVID Testing Requirements
Doing your research before traveling is crucial. COVID testing requirements can vary based on city, state or country. You should research testing requirements for traveling to your destination to ensure that you are following local protocol and do not run into issues on your trip. A variety of destinations may require proof of a test before boarding your flight, and without one, you may not be allowed to board. For example, countries like Chile and France require a negative COVID test within 72 hours of boarding.
Currently, anyone who flies into the United States must present a negative COVID test from within the previous three days in order to board their flight. Therefore, if you are flying out of the country, you should prepare to find a testing site before heading home. This test is required regardless of vaccination status. For flights traveling domestically, passengers are not required to receive a test.
Although it is not required, it is still a good idea to get tested within a few days before your travel date to ensure that you will not be unknowingly spreading the virus.
Until at least January 2022, all passengers are required to wear masks on public transportation, including in airports and on flights, regardless of vaccination status. Passengers are expected to wear masks throughout the entirety of their flight to prevent potentially spreading the virus to other members of their party or the flight crew.
Masks continue to be recommended by medical experts as there is still uncertainty surrounding the ability to spread the virus while vaccinated. Asymptomatic spread also continues to be a threat, meaning that infected individuals can spread the virus even if they do not experience symptoms themselves. By protecting against droplets, masks remain one of the most effective methods to prevent the spread of the virus.
With the variety of COVID variants that continue to spread, there is plenty of uncertainty regarding how long it will take for the mandate to be lifted, and it is likely it will be extended.
Depending on your destination, you may be required to quarantine upon arrival. Different countries and regions will have different requirements. If you are not vaccinated, you are likely to see more extended quarantine requirements upon arrival in your destination, while vaccinated travelers will experience shorter quarantine periods or not be required to quarantine at all.
Necessary Travel Documents
Before boarding your private jet flight, you will be required to complete and sign a COVID-19 Health Declaration Form regardless of whether you are vaccinated. By signing the document, you verify that you have not been in direct contact with someone infected with COVID, experienced symptoms or tested positive for COVID within the past 14 days.
By completing the form, you also agree to notify your jet charter company if you experience any changes in your answers 14 days before your flight or up to 30 days after. If you do not agree to abide by the conditions or are unable to verify the above factors, you should delay your travel until you are certain you do not have COVID.