Traveling Abroad: Important Information for US Citizens
Hey there, fellow travelers! If you’re planning to jet off to foreign lands anytime soon, there are a few things you need to know about the current state of international travel. From restrictions to baggage allowances, we’ve got you covered with all the vital details. So, let’s dive in and get you prepped for your next adventure.
Navigating International Travel Restrictions
As of now, many countries have put restrictions in place for non-essential travel due to the ongoing pandemic. These restrictions vary from one destination to another, so it’s crucial to stay informed before you pack your bags.
Contact Forms and QR Codes
First off, be prepared to fill out contact forms when entering many countries. In some cases, you might also need to obtain a QR code for entry. These forms help authorities keep track of travelers and ensure public safety.
COVID-19 Tests and Quarantine
COVID-19 testing is a common requirement for entry into most countries. You’ll typically need to show proof of a negative antigen test taken no more than 48 hours before departure or a PCR test done within 72 hours. Depending on your destination, you may also be asked to undergo a period of self-isolation or quarantine upon arrival. The duration of this quarantine can range from 5 days (with repeated testing) to up to 14 days.
Vaccination and Revaccination
Some countries might require proof of vaccination or revaccination for entry. Make sure to carry your vaccination records or certificates if you fall into this category.
Now that you’re familiar with the entry requirements, let’s talk about what to expect on your flight.
Mask and Glove Policies
At the moment, wearing a protective mask covering both your nose and mouth, as well as medical gloves, is not mandatory for passengers at all stages of the flight. However, keep in mind that different regions may have their own requirements upon arrival and departure. It’s a good idea to have masks and gloves handy just in case.
Traveling with Kids
If you’re flying with little ones, here’s what you need to know:
Child Travel Discounts
Children under 2 years of age can travel on the lap of an accompanying person for free in Russia. On international flights, they receive a whopping 90% discount on their airfare. For infants who occupy a separate seat and children under 12, a 25% discount applies.
S7 Airlines offers some great amenities for families traveling with infants, including the option to transport car seats, booster seats, baby cots, and collapsible strollers in the cabin. If you have bigger strollers, they can be checked in with other baggage. Plus, you can bring baby food to keep your little one satisfied during the flight.
When it comes to packing, it’s important to know your baggage allowance. Here’s what you need to keep in mind:
S7 Airlines allows one piece of carry-on baggage with dimensions totaling 118 cm (55x40x23 cm). Additionally, you can bring small personal items like umbrellas, handbags, laptops, and more. The weight allowance for hand luggage depends on your ticket class.
The sum of three dimensions for checked baggage should not exceed 203 cm. The weight limits for checked baggage vary depending on your ticket class and route. Make sure to check your specific allowance when booking your flight.
Planning to bring a little extra? Be aware of excess baggage charges:
- Standard piece of hold baggage (up to 23 kg)
- Heavy baggage (24-32 kg)
- Baggage weighing 33-50 kg
- Oversized baggage (over 203 cm)
The fees for excess baggage vary depending on your destination and route. You can save up to 20% by booking online more than 30 hours before departure.
If you have special baggage, like items exceeding 203 cm or weighing over 32 kg, make sure to notify S7 Airlines at least 48 hours before your departure.
Traveling with Pets
For those traveling with furry friends, here’s what you need to know:
- Small pets (cats, dogs, birds) can be carried in the aircraft cabin, with size and weight restrictions.
- Larger pets can be transported in the baggage compartment, with weight limits.
- Service animals accompanying passengers with disabilities can travel in the cabin for free but require prior notification.
Sporting Equipment and Musical Instruments
If you’re an athlete or a musician, S7 Airlines has got you covered:
- Sports equipment like skis and snowboards can be carried for free if they don’t exceed your baggage allowance.
- Musical instruments are typically included in your baggage allowance, but there are size and weight restrictions.
Remember to notify the airline in advance if you plan to travel with sporting equipment or musical instruments.
That’s the lowdown on international travel with S7 Airlines. Remember to stay updated on your destination’s specific requirements and guidelines, and you’ll be ready to jet off on your next adventure with confidence. Safe travels!