Going on a Caribbean or Mexican vacation just got a whole lot more challenging. Starting on January 26th you’ll need to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test before heading home. Kyle Potter, executive editor for Minneapolis-based ThriftyTraveler.com. says this adds a huge layer of uncertainty for vacationers:

“Even U.S. citizens who leave the country go to Mexico, somewhere in the Caribbean — When they go home they need to get a COVID test in Mexico, in the Dominican Republic, in Jamaica in order to board their flight and get home.”

Potter says figuring out where to go for that test in a foreign country could be a big barrier for travelers:

“You know the uncertainty of what’s going to happen if you go to Mexico somehow contracts COVID then try to get home and find out that you’re not going to be able to leave the country for another seven-to-ten days.”

Potter says he’ll be watching to see if airlines will step-up and provide testing options, or if airports and individual hotels and resorts will make tests available for guests. Potter says this new testing rule is almost a year in the making and follows similar guidelines other countries have had in place since the COVID-19 pandemic began.