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  1. This is for most international travelers--those who are non-US citizens nor permanent residents. https://www.visittheusa.com/us-covid-19-travel-guidelines?no_geo_redirect=true The wait is over. As of Nov. 8, 2021, the USA is reopening to vaccinated travelers. U.S. land, ferry and air borders are reopening, and we welcome you to travel to the USA and discover our natural wonders, vibrant cities and towns, iconic landmarks and diverse cultural experiences. Below, we’ve compiled links to everything you need to know to visit, including U.S. entry requirements and vaccine guidelines. How to travel to the USA via air or crossing land borders We look forward to welcoming travelers to the USA starting Nov. 8. International Arrivals at Land Ports of Entry or Ferry Terminals When arriving at a U.S. land port of entry or ferry terminal for non-essential travel, international visitors should be prepared to: Present proof of COVID-19 vaccination as outlined on the CDC website; and, Verbally attest to their non-essential travel and COVID-19 vaccination status. For more information, visit the Department of Homeland Security fact sheet. International Arrivals by Air Prior to boarding a flight to the United States, international visitors should prepare for: Proof of Vaccination Requirement International visitors to the United States must provide proof of full vaccination prior to boarding their flight to the United States. Accepted vaccines include those that are FDA approved or authorized, as well as vaccines with an emergency use listing (EUL) from the World Health Organization (WHO). Individuals can be considered fully vaccinated at least two weeks after the last dose of an accepted single-dose series or any combination of two doses of an accepted two-dose series. Children under the age of 18 are exempt from the vaccine requirement, and other limited exceptions apply. More information about the vaccination requirement and documentation is available from the CDC. Testing Requirement International travelers aged two and older are required to show proof of a negative COVID-19 viral test result taken no more than three days before travel. Both nucleic acid amplification tests, such as a PCR test, and antigen tests qualify. In a very limited number of cases, there are additional testing requirements for those who are exempt from the proof of vaccination requirement and documentation needs for travelers who can demonstrate recent recovery from COVID-19 in place of a negative viral test. More information about the testing requirement and documentation is available from the CDC. Contact Tracing Requirement All air passengers to the United States are required to provide contact information to airlines before boarding flights to the United States for the purposes of contact tracing. This process is critical to detect and respond to variants of COVID-19, helping protect the public and international visitors. Federal Mask Mandates All travelers are required to wear a mask over their nose and mouth while in airplanes, airports, and other indoor areas of public transportation while traveling to, within, or out of the United States. More information about the mask requirement is available from the CDC. State and Local Requirements Once international visitors arrive at their destination, individual state and local governments, as well as some businesses, may have their own health and safety guidelines regarding masks, social distancing, vaccination status, and more. As you plan your trip, you may find these resources useful. For more information, please visit the CDC website and U.S. Department of State’s Frequently Asked Questions.
  2. The state of California does, about 3 weeks post-vaccination. There's a website you can google with the info you used to set up the appt for your vaccine and you use that to download your CA proof of Covid-19 vaccination and it has a QR code on it; I've only done mine that way...I have no idea how this works if someone has not provided the email contact info.
  3. Ron Magen and Solar Technology is the way to go. Thanks for reminding me...time to get ours checked.
  4. The airline ticket counters have expedited check-in lines that now include those who have been pre-cleared to fly by uploading their docs: vaccine records, negative test, CDC attestation. You can speed up your wait at the counter (and avoid close contact with unknown people and their non-traveling companions) by completing these processes ahead of the agent, who has to enter it on your behalf. If you have no checked baggage, you can also avoid the check-in gate by being pre-cleared and having your boarding pass on your phone. Around noon today: with VeriFLY completed for American Airlines; the wait was about 2 minutes; the other line snaked around the ticket area. On Volaris, the general line was out to the hallway; the uploaded, "ready to travel" line had 3 groups ahead of ours. We saved a lot of time and aggravation by having our guests' docs uploaded and ready to fly prior to ticket counter check-in.
  5. Yes, I was impressed both by the facility and the thoroughness of the inspection. I guess that's why the instructions tell you to have the vehicle serviced prior to going through the process. Now to see how many of the vehicles that NEED to be serviced do this and go for the sticker.
  6. Just did this yesterday for our guests who are returning to the US on two different airlines: Volaris (https://forms.monday.com/forms/1afcd1cf561eadfd5514aaba36277168) and American Airlines (veriFLY app). Although the specifics for both airlines are different, the processes and information are the same. You upload your Covid vaccine information from your records (first and second dose; there is a space for booster, if you have) as well as the information from your recent Covid negative test result. If your test result doesn't have a QR code to upload, following that option is a manual upload choice where you can take a picture of both of those documents and upload to your electronic record. (So, you input your data then you upload images of the official documents that verify what you just stated.) Both then have you complete the CDC attestation and you can do the Mexican form either online or on paper. Completing all the documentation prior to airport arrival significantly expedites your travel through check-in and boarding processes.
  7. Not here, as far as I know. And the airport does PCR as well, should that option be more convenient for you. There's also someone who comes to the house, does the draw and emails you your results, altho I don't have the contact info handy. Lo siento.
  8. I paid at BBVA Bancomer. Note that although online it says you have 72 hours to pay, it took me three times as each time it told me my payment window had expired. I ended up, keys in hand, printing the folio and walking out the door. That worked.
  9. Not so; Canadian friends went this past Wednesday, on Volaris from Gdl-CBX, Ubered for their (third) booster shot (they had AZ here); in and out same day.
  10. jrod

    DAMN GOOD BURGER

    To update the smoking question, it's two young guys who are trying desperately to make a go of it. Immediately upon reading the smoking policy concerns, they responded to this webboard in a mature, positive, and professional way. We went back Friday evening: there is a prominent NO SMOKING sign, they are going to create a two-table area in the open area behind the restaurant's swinging saloon doors for patrons who want to smoke. They have been THE most responsive restaurateurs I've seen pretty much anywhere. And, as the topic says, these are DAMN GOOD BURGERS. Please give them a try: have some complementary popcorn as you wait for your meal to be prepared to order, sit and chat with them in their perfect US-accented English, learn who they are and what they are trying to accomplish, then enjoy a DAMN GOOD BURGER. Thank you, Beto and keep up the good work.
  11. And if you have Amazon prime, you get two free books per month. A selection is sent to your registered email the first few days of each month; you can look them up on amazon for reviews and details before you make your selection.
  12. jrod

    DAMN GOOD BURGER

    We went this past Sunday evening just before dark. There was one table occupied by patrons, all smokers, as was one of the owner-brothers, so we had a Coke, some popcorn, and instead placed our order to go. We chatted for a bit...they're sweet, young guys who for a time lived in Oregon and who are trying to make a go of things while they go to school and, honestly, the made decent and tasty burgers and fries. Thanks for the recommendation...you never know when you'll crave a burger and if you live west and can avoid traffic, all the better!
  13. Any flight, domestic or international, originating in Mexico requires each passenger to show the completed Covid-19 form (either on paper or stored on your smart phone) and the doc is shown to the security agent before you proceed to the x-ray machines at the boarding area. Nobody actually takes the form from you, but they do ask to see ink on paper or a phone screen. I find the paper form (Bisbee Gal has it, above) to be easier to handle, what with an electronic boarding pass and ID in hand.
  14. I've not had the antibody test, but Laboratorio del Lago on Juárez in Chapala does extensive testing, including for Covid-19 antibodies. Here's their contact info: https://www.laboratorioclinicoellago.com.mx/ 376-765-6260
  15. INM at the airport in Guadalajara is open 24/7. If the agent is not there, s/he may be downstairs working an incoming flight or in the office, in which case ask someone to get the person for you.
  16. Had our emissions testing done today; appointment for 10:40 and we arrived around 9:30 (expected traffic/accidents did not materialize) and they took us, as there were only 3 cars being tested and one waiting in line ahead of ours. We were out by 10:10 with our sticker and documentation. Station 003 on Mariano Otero is a clean, professional facility where everything is transparent and explained on the tv screen while you wait. Even the toilets were impressively clean and stocked. The only issue to be aware of is that the occupant(s) must exit the vehicle as one of the workers drives the car through the testing stations, and they only allow one person per vehicle to wait in the customer waiting area; any other occupants are directed to wait outside where there is a bench and some standing-room seating. Requirements for testing are these documents: printout of appointment confirmation (scheduled by month based on last digit of license plate), original receipt for payment made, printout of their receipt/processing of payment (it comes to you in a confirmation email) and your original plastic tarjeta de circulación. As experiences go with Jalisco bureaucracy, this was impressive and easy.
  17. Around 11:30 am when I went, the paper sign on the remaining (non-operational ATM) indicates that they are upgrading their equipment; pardon the inconvenience.
  18. It sounds like the system is confirming that your on-line bill pay is set up. Maybe someone who does this regularly can advise the process.
  19. One ATM (the far right) was functional yesterday around 3:30 pm and the other was being serviced. Maybe it couldn't be fixed onsite?
  20. It really is getting miserable for those of us who live in barking distance. Now that the new delegado is installed, it might be time to work with him to relocate the shelter, as Moy had agreed to do (and reneged on) previously.
  21. Have you tried 866-FLY VIVA then asked for an English-speaking baggage rep? This seems to be their USA number and they may be able to route your call.
  22. Here’s my Tuesday morning (7 sept) experience at the Walmart parking lot Covid-19 testing location. We had the first appt of the day at 9:10. The lone attendant arrived at 10:45, unzipped the tent and took off (maybe to get change for his petty cash box??); our test was administered just after 11:00 am. If you didn't make one via the QR code or their website https://intl-cvx-scheduler.wal-mart.com.mx/confirmation you actually do not need an appt; however, you will be attended after those with appts are seen. You pay at the tent, to the Spanish-only attendant. He did make change and provided a Walmart register receipt, which I kept (see below). There is a form to complete as you wait, despite all the info provided on the registration website. It is in Spanish but is clear, since the attendant counsels you to leave most info blank. If your test is to comply with travel regulations, you must write in your passport number (but no country of issue)--so have that number ready. Otherwise, you can leave that item blank. They don’t need to see any ID or your passport to confirm any of the data you provide to them. Other info to provide is your name (as it appears in passport, if that’s your reason for testing), gender, and age. Leave the rest of side 1 blank; on side 2, write full name in top blank and, mid-page, write your name again, sign and date on the three lines. Despite the ease of the above, several people (expats and locals, alike) were confused. While we waited, spouse spent about 1/2 hr helping people in line complete their forms. (One lone attendant is insufficient to move the line smoothly, especially with a 2-hour queue--several people by this time had left.) You are told to come back for results in más o menos 30 minutes, depending on the number of samples ahead of your results this one attendant has to administer/process. They are not set up for emailing results: he says they CAN do it, but that’s not their priority. If you want results emailed, clearly print email address next to the empty box for your reservation number (which he also did not need) on side 1 of the form. Otherwise, return for a paper copy of your results. The results merely is everything recopied from your form to this duplicate paper, this one signed by the attendant. There's no QR code, no official stamp, nothing to note I didn't generate my test results myself, so I am going to hang onto my Walmart receipt for $199 that says "Prueba" and keep it with my test for airline confirmation. NOTE: In the fine print of the Q/A section from the lab, it says to notify the attendant if these results are used for flight and to request email of the results. So, back we went around 5 pm, waited to be sure we got the results so we could check them, and printed them out. Much more official looking than a hand-written report. There is no way to reach them by phone to cancel/change a reservation (they indicate to call either of the 800 numbers) or find out where the attendant is; apparently he was over an hour late yesterday, also. (He rides the bus.) I tried both the 800 numbers buried in the online small print: one is Sams Club home delivery; the other Superama. Those numbers don’t know anything about how to reach the testing subcontractor who posted their contact number for them.
  23. Volaris, Delta and United state 3 days but other airlines may differ, including American Airlines, which says on their website that passengers must complete testing within 72 hours of departure.
  24. I was there and a sign says they are at $75 mx/day for LT parking. No idea how long that offer will last.
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