Travel updates

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Health and testing requirements

The U.S. and countries around the world have a range of travel restrictions and testing requirements due to COVID-19. You may not be allowed to travel to certain destinations or may be required to self-quarantine when you arrive.

Travel requirements are updated often, so we recommend checking the latest entry requirements before your trip.

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When you check-in for your trip you'll be asked to confirm you've been free of COVID-19 symptoms for the past 10 days.

U.S. entry requirements

The U.S. government has changed requirements to enter the U.S. based on citizenship / residence and vaccination status. All travelers 2 and older entering the U.S. must provide their contact information within 72 hours of departure and a negative COVID-19 test. Travelers must also sign an attestation form confirming they meet U.S. entry requirements or will not be allowed to board the plane.

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Face coverings

U.S. federal law requires that you wear a face covering at all times while indoors at the airport and on board your flight, regardless of vaccination status. If you refuse to wear one, you may be denied boarding and future travel on American. You may also face penalties under federal law.

These rules do not apply to children under 2, or if you have a disability that prevents you from wearing a face covering and meet the exemption requirements.

Visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website for more information about the mask requirement.

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You should bring your own face covering to use while traveling. While limited quantities of face coverings may be available at the gate, they will not be available for every customer on every flight.

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Travel flexibility

We’re making travel easier by giving you even more flexibility and the freedom to make your own choices when you fly with us.

Here’s what you can expect:

  • No more change fees for all domestic, short-haul international and select long-haul international flying on Premium Cabin, Premium Economy and Main Cabin fares. Basic Economy fares bought on or after April 1, 2021 are non-refundable and non-changeable.
  • Fly standby for free on earlier domestic flights, including Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, to the same destination on the same day.
  • If you buy Basic Economy fares you may now buy extras like upgrades, seats, priority boarding and same-day flight changes.
  • AAdvantage® elite members may apply their travel benefits on all tickets, including on Basic Economy fares.
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