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Vaccinated, will I need a test, too, when in transit?

Old Apr 25, 21, 9:47 am
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Vaccinated, will I need a test, too, when in transit?

Just purchased tickets from EWR to Croatia (Zag); the flight stops first in Brussels to change planes. We are both fully vaccinated; since we are in transit, will we be okay without a covid test or will we also need to take a test to land in Brussels? I know we will need a test on the return from Dubrovnik and will that be okay for transiting Frankfurt?
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Old Apr 25, 21, 10:12 am
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Originally Posted by progol View Post
Just purchased tickets from EWR to Croatia (Zag); the flight stops first in Brussels to change planes. We are both fully vaccinated; since we are in transit, will we be okay without a covid test or will we also need to take a test to land in Brussels? I know we will need a test on the return from Dubrovnik and will that be okay for transiting Frankfurt?
Maybe ask here? https://www.flyertalk.com/forum/destinations-704/
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Old Apr 25, 21, 10:17 am
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Thanks Malgudi!
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Old Apr 25, 21, 10:18 am
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It is a through ticket on United so my assumption is that I don’t need a covid test prior to travel, but I just want to make sure.
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Old Apr 25, 21, 10:46 am
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UA does not fly BRU-ZAG, so you must be connecting to another airline. But, as with all international travel, you should check TIMATIC for your specific circumstances, which will include your nationality, residences and may include your recent travel in other jurisdictions.

Those restrictions may change on short notice, so it is also important to keep checking them. As it stands, your vaccination status is not relevant, but Belgium will not require a Covid test for an airside transit to ZAG.
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Old Apr 25, 21, 12:20 pm
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Often, since this was moved from the United forum, it didn’t include the fact that we are on United, flying EWR to ZAG, with a transfer in Brussels. As we are transit passengers, I’m just confirming my understanding that we don’t need a covid test as we are both fully vaccinated and Croatia allows entry to US citizens who are.
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Originally Posted by progol View Post
Often, since this was moved from the United forum, it didn’t include the fact that we are on United, flying EWR to ZAG, with a transfer in Brussels. As we are transit passengers, I’m just confirming my understanding that we don’t need a covid test as we are both fully vaccinated and Croatia allows entry to US citizens who are.
Got it. But, UA still does not fly between BRU & ZAG and thus, you must be connecting onto another operating carrier. Just a guess that is would be SN which is *A and performs that route.

UA provides free access to TIMATIC on its website.
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Old Apr 25, 21, 12:52 pm
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Can passengers check bags through from UA to SN and vv? Having to retrieve and recheck a bag could force one to enter a country.
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Originally Posted by MSPeconomist View Post
Can passengers check bags through from UA to SN and vv? Having to retrieve and recheck a bag could force one to enter a country.
From the OP, it sounds like it is on one ticket so bags should be checked through as *A.

Two separate tickets is another matter as mentioned.

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[KVS Tool 10.2.7/Diamond - TIMATIC: Visa/Entry/Transit Requirements]
Code:
National USA (US) /Embarkation USA (US)
Transit Belgium (BE) /Destination Croatia (HR)
ALSO CHECK DESTINATION INFORMATION BELOW

[Visa Information - Transit] Belgium (BE)

[Information For Normal Passports]
Admission and Transit Restrictions:
- Passengers are not allowed to transit if arriving from a
non-Schengen Member State to a Schengen Member State
[[TIRGL/SCHN]].
- This does not apply to passengers with an Essential Journey
Certificate issued by a Belgian embassy or consulate.

VISA NOT REQUIRED.

Warning:
- Passengers entering or transiting through Belgium must have
a negative COVID-19 PCR test result. The test must have been
taken at most 72 hours before departure from the first
embarkation point. The test result must be in Dutch,
English, French or German.
- This does not apply to passengers residing in Belgium.
- This does not apply to passengers younger than 6 years.
- This does not apply to passengers transiting through
Belgium to a non-Schengen Member State.
- Passengers transiting through two airports in the Schengen
Area must comply with entry regulations of the first
Schengen Member State.



[Health Information] Belgium (BE)

Vaccinations not required.

[Visa Information - Destination] Croatia (HR)

[Information For Normal Passports]
Passport required.
- Passports and other documents accepted for entry must be
valid for a minimum of 3 months beyond the period of
intended stay.
Passport Exemptions:
- Nationals of USA with an emergency passport.
Admission and Transit Restrictions:
- Until 30 April 2021, passengers are not allowed to enter.
- This does not apply to family members of nationals of
Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus,
Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany,
Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland (Rep.), Italy, Latvia,
Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco,
Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, San Marino,
Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and Vatican
City (Holy See).
- This does not apply to residents of Australia, Korea
(Rep.), New Zealand, Rwanda, Singapore and Thailand.
- This does not apply to passengers traveling as tourists.
- This does not apply to passengers entering Croatia to
transit by land to a third country for a maximum stay of 12
hours. They must prove that they can enter the destination
country.
- This does not apply to passengers traveling on business.
- This does not apply to passengers traveling as students.

Visa required, except for Nationals of USA for a maximum stay
of 90 days. (SEE NOTE 53527)
NOTE 53527: The maximum stay is granted within 180 days.
Additional Information:
- Visitors are required to hold proof of sufficient funds to
cover their stay as follows:
- at least EUR 70.- per day of stay; or
- at least EUR 30.- per day of stay if holding a confirmed
invitation or a tourist voucher.
Warning:
- Passengers traveling as tourists must have proof of paid
accommodation.
- Passengers traveling on business must have an invitation
letter from a company in Croatia.
- Passengers:
- must have a negative COVID-19 PCR or rapid antigen test
taken at most 48 hours before arrival. The rapid antigen
test must be listed on [[https://tinyurl.com/b57mretv]] ; or
- must have a COVID-19 vaccination certificate. The last
vaccine dose must be received at least 15 days before
arrival; or
- must have a COVID-19 recovery certificate issued at least
12 days and at most 180 days before arrival; or
- must have a positive COVID-19 PCR or rapid antigen test
result issued at least 12 days and at most 180 days before
arrival; or
- are subject to a COVID-19 PCR or rapid antigen test upon
arrival at their own expense and self-isolation for up to 10
days.
- This does not apply to minors younger than 7 years
accompanied by their parents or legal guardians. The
parents or guardians must have a negative COVID-19 PCR or
rapid antigen test result, a vaccination certificate or a
recovery certificate.
- More exemptions can be found at
[[https://mup.gov.hr/uzg-covid/english/286212]] .
- A completed Enter Croatia Form must be presented upon
arrival. The form can be submitted online before departure
at [[https://entercroatia.mup.hr/]] .
- This does not apply to residents of Croatia.
- A completed "Passenger Locator Form" must be presented upon
arrival. The form can be found at
[[https://tinyurl.com/8bv6cuc]].
- This does not apply to residents of Croatia.
- Passengers could be subject to self-isolation; details can
be found at [[https://mup.gov.hr/uzg-covid/english/286212]].
- Passports and passport replacing documents issued more than
10 years prior to date of travel are not accepted.
- Visitors not holding return/onward tickets could be refused
entry .



[Health Information] Croatia (HR)

Vaccinations not required.

CHECK [[TINEWS/N1]] - Virtual APEC Business Travel Card (ABTC)

25 Apr 2021 / 19:45 [UTC]
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Old Apr 25, 21, 2:40 pm
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Rather than quibble about which board this post started on and what info is missing from the post I suggest the OP checks all of the the following

1. BRU website
2. Belgian Government website
3. US State Department website and US Embassy in Croatia website


Croatia is now in Level 4 'do not travel' advice tier for the US State Dept.

OP also needs to check what this means in terms of whether their travel and medical insurance is still valid.
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Old Apr 25, 21, 4:02 pm
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Not clear when OP is traveling, but as noted earlier, TIMATIC is his best source of reliable information. Not only for increased restrictions, but for loosening. In the past six hours:

Media are reporting within the past hour that the EU intends to permit US "tourists" to travel to the EU with proof of vaccination.

"The Americans, as far as I can see, use European Medicines Agency-approved vaccines,” Ursula von der Leyen, president of the European Commission, said Sunday in an interview with The Times in Brussels. “This will enable free movement and the travel to the European Union."

Clearly both the details and the timing matter a great deal. The reporting is based on the public statements rather than any formal decision-making. But, it does suggest that OP's travel might well be e bit easier depending on when it takes place.

No mention as to whether the UK will join the party or whether the US will reciprocate in any way or at least as to certain Member States.
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Old Apr 27, 21, 11:33 pm
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If the current restrictions are in place, the OP would need a PCR test taken at most 72 hours before departure from EWR in order to transit at BRU.
Assuming that the return is DBV-FRA-EWR, if the PCR test you have taken is taken at most 48 hours before scheduled arrival time in FRA it would work both for transferring Germany and entering the USA.
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Old May 4, 21, 3:37 pm
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Originally Posted by ISTFlyer View Post
If the current restrictions are in place, the OP would need a PCR test taken at most 72 hours before departure from EWR in order to transit at BRU.
- Passengers entering or transiting through Belgium must have
a negative COVID-19 PCR test result. The test must have been
taken at most 72 hours before departure from the first
embarkation point. The test result must be in Dutch,
English, French or German....
- This does not apply to passengers transiting through
Belgium to a non-Schengen Member State.
According to the earlier post with the info from Timatic, passengers in transit to non-Schengen do not require a test. However, I would get a test before departing EWR, regardless, in the interest of CYA. Rules seem to be changing constantly and even the people charged with enforcing the rules are often out of the loop. Better safe than sorry.
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Old May 4, 21, 4:32 pm
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"Can passengers check bags through from UA to SN and vv?"

UA can do so. Star Alliance carriers in the US and in Europe do this luggage checking across tickets on Star Alliance-only trips for me repeatedly each and every year for years now, including this year. This is one way in which Star Alliance is much better than Oneworld and SkyTeam.

Big international airports or small airports with no international traffic, UA tags my bags across tickets -- even when tickets are issued across different ticketing carriers -- when its a UA to Star Alliance flight connection and the time between the flights means a same-day connection at each transit airport or relevance.

My suggestion is to get tested before international travel and do so as close to departure flight as is practical -- even if a country on the ticketed itinerary doesn't have the requirement. Why? Because you want to minimize the chances of being flagged down en-route and/or on-arrival as a suspected positive case and want to retain better re-route options in case there is a flight cancellation or some other IRROPs situation.

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