CMC ANDORRA TRIP REFERENCE
REMINDER: Forward your flight itinerary to email@example.com
UPDATES (January 4, 2022) – Bring a medical face mask — not cloth — for your international flights // All hotel addresses available below // SASS highly recommends a rapid test before flying, even if your connecting airport doesn’t ‘technically’ require it. Info below on testing, connections, forms, hotel addresses & more.
Steamboat Medical Group – 970.879.0203
(offices next to Ski Haus on Pine Grove Rd; they bill most insurance so it’s usually free, or $150 cash pay – we recommend the Rapid Antigen Test for travel)
NOTE: UCHealth is no longer offering rapid tests at the hospital — they are only offering standard PCR tests (with a 2-3 day result time, no good for travel, sadly).
Near Denver Airport: HazTech Testing – 4890 Chambers Rd. Denver, CO 80239 (15 mins from terminal). $150.
Make Appointment Online
Inside Denver Int’l Airport Terminal: XpresCheck – Terminal B (high cost for instant tests, not recommended)
Make Appointment Online
Order Your Own: $69 for two tests, including shipping
NOTE: These are not the same as the similar-looking home tests for sale in Walgreens; tests from eMed and Optum include the monitoring and lab results needed for travel.
Do I really need to get a test before traveling?
It may not be required by your connecting airport, but it’s a really good idea considering how quickly requirements can change. That’s why we’re highly recommending it on your outbound trip, as well as required for return into the United States. SASS will assist you with obtaining a test in Spain before travel to comply with the latest 1-day requirements.
Antigen vs. PCR for Travel
For travel purposes* SASS suggests a Rapid Antigen Test (within 24 hours before traveling) as the easiest and most cost-effective way to meet the newest evolving COVID19 testing requirements.
These rapid tests adapt well to the new ‘1-Day Rule’ for returning to the U.S. while voluntarily meeting the standard for those connecting in Belgium and the Netherlands (even though it may not be required). Germany does not currently require a test for any transit passengers, but both PCR and antigen tests would be accepted, if they did. More info on connections below.
Because most PCR tests in the U.S. take 48-72 hours to obtain results (or the test cost is extremely high, up to $350 for Xprescheck airport labs)… it makes them a less-practical tool for travel. But, if your provider offers this option and can offer a ‘within 24 hours’ result, you can certainly consider it.
Returning to the U.S.
Currently, a test within 24 hours of travel is required to re-enter (return to) the United States. We will meet this requirement with an eMed test, students will receive more details once they’re at the conclusion of their trip.
*Always talk to your doctor about COVID19 tests for medical needs. This is not medical advice, it only applies to testing for specific travel requirements.
HOTEL ADDRESS + Q&A
Hotel Santa Bàrbara de la Vall D’Ordino
Carrer Major, 1, AD300 Ordino, Andorra
Hotel Continental – Barcelona
La Rambla 138, Barcelona, Cataluña, 08003
THE SPAIN HEALTH FORM (Required for Everyone). You can register and fill out the first two steps early; the remaining steps must be completed during the 48 hours before travel.
IMPORTANT NOTE: We are not ‘in transit’ (because spend two nights in Barcelona, and leave the airport to get to Andorra). To register, you will need to know the address of Hotel in Spain:
Hotel Continental – La Rambla 138, Barcelona, Cataluña, 08003
Here are the steps / screen shots to filling out the form – click for full size:
YES. The Johnson & Johnson (called Janssen in most of Europe) single-shot vaccine is accepted in Spain and across the EU for entry. Spain’s Ministry of Health states “Any vaccine authorised by the European Union (European Medicines Agency, EMA) and WHO will be accepted” which includes the J&J single-shot.
More about the 1-Day testing requirement (from CDC website): The 1-day period is 1 day before the flight’s departure. The Order uses a 1-day time frame instead of 24 hours to provide more flexibility to the air passenger and aircraft operator. By using a 1-day window, test acceptability does not depend on the time of the flight or the time of day that the test sample was taken.
For example, if your flight is at 1pm on a Friday, you could board with a negative test that was taken any time on the prior Thursday.
FLIGHT CONNECTION INFORMATION
Frankfurt connections do not require a negative test however we still recommend one in case the rules change. Currently: “Passengers who only change planes at Frankfurt Airport do not have to comply with the provisions of the Coronavirus Entry Regulation […] requirements for mandatory testing or providing proof of vaccination, quarantine regulations and travel bans from countries affected by coronavirus variants do not apply.”
Frankfurt Airport Website: https://www.frankfurt-airport.com/en/faqs/overview-faqs/faq-coronavirus.html (Question: Do I need a test if I am only transferring?)
German Embassy to the US: https://www.germany.info/us-en/covid-19/2321562?openAccordionId=item-2468856-0-panel
Brussels may require a test and may require a Passenger Locator Form depending on the risk rating that week (determined by info on the form). So, we absolutely recommend that all connections in Brussels get a COVID test ahead of time and fill out the form:
More Information / Sources:
We highly recommend a COVID19 test before connecting in Amsterdam. Although their website states that it does not require a test if you “continue your journey within 24 hours and if you do not leave the airport” (currently) for the U.S… it cites lots of conditions, stating: “You may have to show a negative COVID-19 test result if you change planes. This depends on your situation.”
To be on the safe side, get a rapid COVID19 test before connecting there.