New COVID-19 Protocols Impact International Travelers

Monday, December 6th 2021, 5:23 pm

TULSA, Oklahoma -

If you're planning on traveling internationally for the holidays you'll want to be aware of some changes because of COVID-19. Starting Monday, a new federal change is requiring people that are traveling out of the country to get a negative test to come home.

“It’s just new information. We’re just going to do whatever is needed so that we can just have peace of mind on the flight going somewhere and of course peace of mind for other people flying with us somewhere. So it’s just all part of the process and we’re just going to move on with it," said Amenah Conley.

Conley was dropping off her husband at the airport Monday. She said they have a plan ready to go when he reaches his destination since the new federal change impacts him directly.

“In three days he’s going to have to go international. So they already have a plan for him to have a PCR test or like any other test that he’s required to have for his company or by international travel companies. So we definitely already have that information," said Conley.

The new order is for all passengers 2 years of age and older that are traveling outside of the country. Passengers are required to show a negative COVID-19 test within 24 hours of their flight home. Another option is showing documentation you’ve recovered from covid within the last 90 days.

Officials with TIA said these changes are only for international travelers, but if anything changes they’ll be ready.

“As we continue to go through and battle these different variants who knows what the government will decide, but we’ll kind of take it as it comes," said Andrew Pierini.