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Recovery Certificate for travel to USA

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AppleBirdBrush · 02/03/2022 14:09

I've got a holiday booked to the States and was looking at what I had to do in terms of testing etc to be allowed to go.

What I think I've found out:
I need proof of full vaccination for the adults, my 6 year old is ok to be unvaccinated. This is fine, we can get this from the NHS app.
I need either a negative test the day before the outbound flight or proof of recovery and a positive test no more than 90 days before the UK to USA flight. We did all catch covid just within this timescale so I think this would be a good option as I can get it sorted more in advance. I have the emails confirming the positive PCR results and have found online a company that offers the signed letter confirming recovery. I think the only timescale around this is that I get the letter at least 72 hours after symptoms end.

Just wondering if anyone has done this recently and can offer any advice, or let me know if I'm forgetting anything? I've found it really hard to find a definite answer!

Lastly if I am correct about the recovery letter, any recommendations for a reputable place to get these from?

Thanks!

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HundredMilesAnHour · 02/03/2022 14:19

It's cheaper to do a supervised lateral flow the day before travel than it is to pay privately for a recovery letter.

And with it being a lateral flow, you can obviously test yourself first so you can be confident that it's negative before having the paid supervised test.

When are you travelling? There are rumours that the US may remove the pre-travel test requirement later this month so I wouldn't book tests / pay for letters just yet unless you're travelling very soon.

(I'm travelling to the US on 23 March so just keeping an eye on their testing situation right now). I was travelled to the US and back last month (Feb) and a supervised lateral flow was fine (note, you can be supervised over video so no need to go to a site - I used Qured).

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HundredMilesAnHour · 02/03/2022 14:32

Also be aware that depending on where you're visiting in the US, there may be additional state/city rules that apply to your unvaccinated child. For example, they can't go to a Broadway show in New York until after 30 April as children are NOT exempt from Broadway's rules on vaccination (rules run until 30 April) despite the rules on unvaccinated children being indoors in restaurants etc in NYC being relaxed later this month.

So check the rules where you're staying because it varies between states. And will no doubt change further if your trip is a few months away.

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AppleBirdBrush · 02/03/2022 15:59

Thanks for the useful information. Will check any specific rules for the state.

I will wait a bit longer to book anything, we're not going until the end of the month. I just like to have these things sorted which is why the 'proof of recovery' appeals as I wouldn't have to faff around doing it the day before. Although I could pay for that and then one of us catch covid again, as we're right near the limit of the 90 day window (it does seem long!).

Do you know which company you would use to do the supervised lateral flows?

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AppleBirdBrush · 02/03/2022 16:01

Sorry @HundredMilesAnHour you already said the name of the company, thank you!

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Welshgirl10 · 02/03/2022 16:08

I travelled to New York recently and we used Qured for the supervised tests and all was fine. My partner had covid in January and all was fine, he tested negative although we did a lateral flow before booking the supervised test to be sure.

We had to show proof of vaccination to go into all restaurants and attractions, although I'm not sure about the ages and vaccinations!

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HundredMilesAnHour · 02/03/2022 18:06

We had to show proof of vaccination to go into all restaurants and attractions, although I'm not sure about the ages and vaccinations!

The expectation is that NYC will lift the vaccination requirements for restaurants etc from March 7th although this is yet to be confirmed of definite. However, no Broadway shows (as per my earlier post) for the unvaccinated regardless of age until May.

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HundredMilesAnHour · 02/03/2022 18:09

@AppleBirdBrush

Sorry *@HundredMilesAnHour* you already said the name of the company, thank you!

If you use code BATRAVEL15 when you book your tests with Qured, you'll get a discount.
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TheHoptimist · 03/03/2022 00:19

We did rapid antigen at Boots- £25 and results within the hour

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