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Travel with child unable to be vaccinated yet

Hello,

I'm planning on traveling to France with my 3 year old. Because of this, she cannot yet be fully vaccinated. However CDC guidelines say that all non-vaccinated passengers over 2 years old must have a negative test within 1 day of travel. Since the day before our travel is a holiday, I doubt anything will be opened. Has anyone had experience with this? I'm wondering if a 2-day prior test would still be ok.

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Which airport are you flying from? Does it have a rapid test center?

Posted by
1574 posts

CDC guidelines do compel all over 2 years old to obtain an Antigen test for US entry (I assume you are writing about US entry).

From what source are you finding, that the test period must be completed within 1 day of travel? The information that I have is that testing must be completed within the 3 calendar days before your departure.

https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/international-travel/before-you-go/covid-19_testing_required_US_Entry.html

For US entry, I have recently used Antigen tests up to two calendar days old which gives a one-day backup if there were an unforeseen delay.

Posted by
7866 posts

Edit: the three days for age 2-17 is Box #4 on the Delta attestation, though their website doesn't specify the case for children in their FAQ.

In their FAQS, Delta says one day for anyone unvaccinated; three days for the vaccinated. It did specify children under 18, but has now removed that.

Posted by
6157 posts

Pharmacies in Paris are open on Sundays and holidays (not all of course but at least one in a neighborhood). Find out which one will be available and gives tests before you need it and then get it the day before)

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It looks like there's an exception for unvaccinated children. ,https://www.cdc.gov/quarantine/fr-proof-negative-test.html "I attest that this person is between 2 and 17 years of age, is not fully vaccinated against COVID-19, and received a negative pre-departure test result for COVID-19. The test was a viral test that was conducted on a specimen collected from the person no more than
3 days before the flight’s departure and this person is traveling with a fully vaccinated parent(s) or guardian(s).

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I didn't read through all jenn.lee.morse posted, but she, and Tocard, are correct.
I just looked on my own attestation I received from Air France. Though Delta's FAQ say one day, Delta's attestation is the same as Air France. You are given five choices on the attestation.

Box #4 says 3 days for not fully vaccinated between ages 2-17.
"between 2 and 17 years of age, is not fully vaccinated against COVID-19, and received a negative pre-departure test result for COVID-19. The test was a viral test that was conducted on a specimen collected from the person no more than 3 days before the flight's departure and this person is traveling with a fully vaccinated parent or guardian."