International Travel and COVID-19

As of January 26, 2021, all travelers entering the United States by air are required to have a negative COVID-19 test within three days of travel OR proof of a positive COVID-19 test within the past 90 days that the person has recovered from. See the full order here: https://www.cdc.gov/quarantine/pdf/global-airline-testing-order_2021-01-2_R3-signed-encrypted-p.pdf and see FAQs about the order here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/testing-international-air-travelers.html.

If you have tested positive in Georgia for COVID-19 in the past 90 days and require a signed letter from the Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) that you have been cleared for travel, please READ EVERYTHING BELOW in its entirety and follow the steps. It is the responsibility of the traveler to determine if your positive COVID-19 test was within 90 days of your travel dates.

  1. Please submit requests for clearance letters 10 BUSINESS DAYS prior to travel. It can take up to 10 business days for requests to be fulfilled.
  2. The positive laboratory test confirming COVID-19 must be a molecular test (PCR, NAAT, etc.) or an antigen test. Antibody tests are not accepted.
    1. If your laboratory test was not reported to the DPH, DPH will not be able to sign a clearance letter. DPH will let you know if this is the case. You will then have to ask the provider or facility that performed the COVID-19 test for a verification letter.
  3. At this time, DPH can only fill requests submitted through email. Please follow the steps below.
    1. Download the following document and complete ALL sections: Download this pdf file. Request for Proof of Recovery from COVID-19 To Enter the United States

    2. Send the completed document AND a photo or scan of a form of government-issued photo identification (passport, state-issued photo identification card, etc.) to [email protected] with the subject “Requesting Clearance Letter for Travel".

    3. Once approved, DPH will send the letter to the email you provided as an encrypted email. If your email changes, you must notify DPH.

If for any reason, you cannot submit a request by email or receive your letter by email, please call 404-657-2588 during business hours, M-F, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.