Many people still don’t want to travel right now. That’s perfectly ok! Due to COVID-19, you might feel uncomfortable flying right now. You might also be one of the people who are uncomfortable with other people flying right now. With the state of the world, staying home is always a great, safe option.
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However, many of us have now been vaccinated and are looking to start venturing out after what seems like decades of waiting out the storm in our homes. Quite a few countries in the world are letting in Americans - especially those vaccinated - for tourism again. If you want to take advantage of that, it is your own personal choice!
With that said, there are a few things to consider when traveling. One, you need to mask up on the plane and at your destination even if you have been vaccinated. This is simply respectful! Also, stock up on hand sanitizer and remember to wash your hands often. Of course, if you are sick (or have been vaccinated super recently, like yesterday), don’t take your trip. It’s just not worth it.
Also, make sure that you know the rules of the destination you are visiting. Do they require proof of vaccine? Do you have to quarantine, regardless? Do you need to show proof of a negative test, and is that waived if you’ve been vaccinated? I’ve included a little bit of that here, but do your own research prior to making your trip.
Finally, don’t forget that the United States now requires all travelers, including citizens, to present proof of a negative COVID test prior to boarding. Meaning you have to have your proof before you even get on the plane home, so plan accordingly!
I found some flight deals, domestic and international, from the Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. Remember that these are for reference only, and the deals may be gone by the time you search for them.
Also, keep in mind that many of the cheapest flights may not include baggage. In some instances, carry-on bags are extra. You can either pay for a carry-on or manage a quick weekend getaway with just your personal item - like a small backpack.
Roundtrip flights from Phoenix to Cancún are as low as $199 from April 17th through April 24th. Mexico is allowing all United States visitors into the country with some pretty relaxed COVID restrictions. Remember to get tested prior to your flight home!
Roundtrip flights from Phoenix to Saint Thomas, US Virgin Islands are as low as $217 from April 16th through the 23rd. St. Thomas is a United States Territory, and so travelers will need proof of negative COVID test prior to boarding their flight, regardless of vaccine status.
From Phoenix to Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, Roundtrip flights are as low as $294 from April 16th through April 23rd. The Dominican Republic does not require any proof of test or vaccine right now upon entry. You may be subject to random testing upon arrival at the airport, however.
From Phoenix to San Juan, Puerto Rico, Roundtrip flights are as low as $194 from April 17th through April 30th. Puerto Rico is a US Territory, so be sure to have proof of a negative PCR test before your flight to San Juan.
Looking to stay domestic? Roundtrip flights from Phoenix to Denver are as low as $34 throughout April. Look for flights from April 8th until the 13th, 13th through 17th; 15th through 20th; and 22nd through 27th. You will not need testing done for domestic flights.
Another domestic option is Chicago. Roundtrip flights from Phoenix to Chicago are shallow at the end of April. April 23rd through 26th, in particular, saw flights as low as $52. You will not need testing done for domestic flights.