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International Mission Trip Covid Guidelines

This policy is put in place to protect the health of our volunteers and those in the communities we are serving.The first General Rule as United Methodists is to “do no harm.” As we go and serve we want to protect those we are serving and those on our teams.We are here to help you and help with this process. Please reach out if you need help.  If you have any questions or concerns please contact Trish Warren (Disaster Recovery Coordinator) pwarren@flumc.org or Molly McEntire (Missional Trainer and Volunteer Coordinator) mmcentire@flumc.org. 

 

Fully Vaccinated Volunteers

To serve on a mission trip or respond in the event of a disaster, you will be required to be fully vaccinated. This applies to all domestic and international travel. 

 Have You Been Fully Vaccinated?

In general, people are considered fully vaccinated: ±

  • 2 weeks after their second dose in a 2-dose series, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or
  • 2 weeks after a single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine.

If you don’t meet these requirements, you are NOT fully vaccinated. Proof of vaccination will need to be sent prior to the mission trip or deployment for disaster recovery.  This can be done by sending a copy of your Covid-19 Vaccination Record Card issues by the CDC to your mission team leader or to Trish Warren pwarren@flumc.org for disaster recovery trips

  • Before you travel:

    • Make sure you understand and follow all airline and destination requirements related to travel, mask wearing, testing, or quarantine, which may differ from U.S. requirements. If you do not follow your destination’s requirements, you may be denied entry and required to return to the United States.

    • Check the current COVID-19 situation in your destination.
    • The State Department issues travel advisories based on health and safety concerns. Travel to countries at a Level 4 travel advisory is prohibited. Team insurance may not be available for mission service in these countries.
  • During traveling:

    • Wearing a mask over your nose and mouth is required on planes, buses, trains, and other forms of public transportation traveling into, within, or out of the United States and while indoors at U.S. transportation hubs such as airports and stations. Travelers are not required to wear a mask in outdoor areas of a conveyance (like on open deck areas of a ferry or the uncovered top deck of a bus).
    • Follow all  recommendations and requirements at your destination, including mask wearing and social distancing.
    • In areas with high numbers of COVID-19 cases, wear a mask in crowded outdoor settings and for activities with close contact with others who are not fully vaccinated.
  • Before you arrive in the United States:
    • All air passengers coming to the United States, including U.S. citizens and fully vaccinated people, are required to have a negative COVID-19 test result no more than 3 days before travel or documentation of recovery from COVID-19 in the past 3 months before they board a flight to the United States.
  • After travel:
    • Get tested with a viral test 3-5 days after travel.
    • Self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms; isolate and get tested if you develop symptoms.
    • Follow all state and local recommendations or requirements after travel.
  •  If you have been around someone who has COVID-19, you do not need to stay away from others or get tested unless you have symptoms.

  • Fully vaccinated travelers should still follow CDC’s recommendations for traveling safely including:

    •  Wear a mask over your nose and mouth

    •  Stay 6 feet from others and avoid crowds

    • Wash your hands often or use hand sanitizer

 Go to CDC website for a listing of countries and their travel restrictions and requirements at  https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/map-and-travel-notices.html

 

Work with your site host to:

  • Find out if you need to bring your own PPE supplies.

  • Learn what protocols the site is using if someone either a team member or client has tested positive to Covid and exposed others.

  • Make sure each team member has proper medical insurance. Check with Molly McEntire mmcentire@flumc.org on insurance provided.

  • Know the health infrastructure in the area where the team intends to serve and the location of the nearest hospital.

  •  Have a plan for canceling the journey or sending team members home if any team members are uncomfortable with the enforcement of safety protocols.

Please check the CDC.gov for updated guidelines or the Florida Conference website. Things are changing weekly so we highly encourage you to keep yourself informed.