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Traveling? How to find COVID tests, quarantine facilities in hotels

If you’re planning to travel internationally, you’ve probably already spent hours researching the testing requirements for your flight or cruise. But have you ever considered finding a hotel with coronavirus testing and quarantine facilities at your destination?

The rules are quite simple to return to the United States. You must either take an antigen test one day before your return trip or show the documents you have recovered from COVID-19 within the last 90 days, According to the CDC. This means that if you get infected while you’re on vacation or can’t get tested in time, you’ll extend your stay whether you like it or not.

“You should schedule a test for your return trip as soon as possible,” advises Joe CroninCEO of International Citizens Insurance, which provides insurance for expats, international travelers and digital nomads. “Testing centers often book up quickly, especially just before the weekend when a large number of people have to leave at the same time.”

Despite omicron’s recent surge, this summer will be busy for international travel. And many Americans will leave without giving much thought to the testing or quarantine facilities at their destination.

“A common misconception among travelers is that most hotels will offer COVID testing,” says Christine Petersen, CEO of smartTours, a tour operator. “While COVID testing is common in resorts, especially in the Caribbean, it’s not common in a regular hotel. You have to do your homework.”

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How to find a test center before you go

There are online directories of test facilities around the world. For example, borderlessa project of the SafetyWing insurance site, publishes a list of government approved hotels you can quarantine yourself, as well as coronavirus testing facilities.

Working with a knowledgeable travel consultant also helps. Becca Fritz, Marketing Manager for seductive africaa travel agency specializing in safaris, says it ensures its customers are booked into an establishment that offers rapid tests.

“For all the lodges we work in in our main destinations like Kenya, Tanzania, Zambia and South Africa, we can easily organize tests directly on site,” she adds.

You can also contact the hotel or tour operator directly.

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“Travelers shouldn’t be afraid to ask questions,” says Rajeev Shrivastava, CEO of Visitors.com Coverage, a global market for travel insurance. Specifically, learn about the most up-to-date COVID-19 regulations, as well as the cost of testing and quarantine.

That’s what Alex Beene did when he needed to find test facilities for a trip to Paris. He called his hotel, the Park Hyatt Paris-Vendome, to see if that would help. One representative offered two options. Although the Park Hyatt did not have testing facilities, it could arrange a test on site. Or he could go to a pharmacy. He chose the first.

“A nurse quickly administered the test and got my results back within hours,” says Beene, a community coordinator in Nashville, Tennessee. “It made the whole process a lot easier and a lot less stressful.”

How to find a quarantine hotel

If you book through a site like Hotels.com, you can access quarantine hotel information. Properties can update their hygiene and cleanliness policies on site and provide details on vaccine and testing requirements. Its on-site messaging feature, which provides a direct link between hotels and guests, allows you to find information about quarantine facilities, if needed. “Travelers can self-quarantine in single occupancy rooms booked through Hotels.com,” adds company spokeswoman Melissa Dohmen.

Some countries publish directories of their quarantine hotels. For example, the Ministry of Public Health in Qatar has a list of approved quarantine hotels on his site. These properties will still offer easy access to testing due to their designated quarantine hotel status.

Other hotels are going out of their way to accommodate potential quarantined guests. For example, The journey of Baha Mar with confidence guarantees that if you test positive for COVID-19 during your stay, the hotel will provide courtesy accommodations and a daily dining credit of $150 per person per day, for up to 14 days in quarantine. Or if. you need to come back earlier, it will take you from Nassau to South Florida at no extra cost.

Ideally, a hotel should offer both testing and quarantine options. In the most popular tourist destinations, resorts will allow you to stay there and self-quarantine at a discounted rate. Your travel insurance may cover additional costs, but check the fine print. You will need at least $5,000 in trip interruption coverage, and depending on the destination, you might need more.

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Finding a hotel with COVID testing and quarantine facilities is more important than ever

Making the proper arrangements is absolutely essential these days. I know this because I recently found myself 12 time zones from my home in the United Arab Emirates with an infected son.

We had tested negative when we landed in Dubai. But health regulations in the UAE required us to take another test a few days after arriving, and when we did, my 17-year-old son tested positive. Our hotel, the Anantara Abu Dhabi Oriental Mangroveshelped us organize on-site testing and quarantine, allowing him to focus on his recovery and continue our journey as soon as possible.

It wasn’t easy, but booking the right hotel in the right place saved us a world of trouble.

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What if you forget to arrange for testing?

If you are in a hotel, call the concierge. This is the advice of Maria Tsiomou, spokesperson for The St. Regis Abu Dhabi. His hotel offers on-site testing, but it can get busy during busy times. “We can also direct clients to the nearest express results center for a PCR test or arrange for an in-room PCR test,” she says.

Contact your travel agency. If your travel consultant has picked the right hotel, it should be easy to make arrangements. “We choose hotels based on their ability to arrange PCR testing for guests on-site at the hotel,” says Sangeeta Sadarangani, CEO of Crossinga multinational travel agency based in London.

Call your travel insurance company. Try contacting your insurance company by phone or app. Allianzfor example, has the TravelSmart appwhich offers 24/7 support for almost any travel-related issue or question.