Are you flying to the United States soon? Improved testing standards are on the way.
Coronavirus pre-departure tests will be reduced from three days to one by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Pre-travel screenings were only required for those who were not previously protected against certain diseases.
According to the most recent CDC order, the shorter time frame is intended to “provide less opportunity to develop an infection with the omicron variant prior to arrival in the United States.
Since Nov. 8, when the United States implemented new international travel restrictions, U.S. airlines have been asked to collect contact-tracing information for inbound international travelers and send it to the CDC “upon request.”
Names, postal addresses, telephone numbers, e-mail addresses, and birth dates are all part of the data set.
In light of the new testing requirements, here are some things to keep in mind for international travelers:
The new rules take effect at 12:01 a.m. EST Monday and apply to all air passengers 2 years of age and older, regardless of vaccination status or nationality. Travelers who have recovered from COVID-19 within the last 90 days are exempt from this requirement.
Can I fly into the United States after passing a test of some sort?
An antigen test and nucleic acid amplification tests, such as the following:
polymerase chain reaction reverse transcription (PCR) tests
loop-mediated isothermal amplification tests (RT-LAMP) for reverse transcription
Tests for transcription-mediated amplification (TMA)
tests for nicking enzyme amplification
HDA tests, helicase-dependent amplification
The country in which the test was administered must grant permission for its use. According to the CDC, certain rapid and at-home tests are acceptable.
Because it’s a one-day order, not a 24-hour one.
The one-day window provides more flexibility than a 24-hour window and allows travelers to take a test at any time of the day before their flight. Travelers who have a Friday evening flight that departs at 5 pm can board with a negative test from 8 am on Thursday.
Is there a second test I need to take upon arrival?
Three to five days after arriving at their destination, inbound air passengers should have another viral test, and those who have not been vaccinated should be quarantined for seven days.
During the flight, do I need to wear a mask?
Yes. It has been extended through March 18 the federal mask mandate, which requires travelers to wear masks on planes, trains, buses, and in airports and train stations.
Fines ranging from a minimum of $500 to $3,000 for repeat offenders may be imposed on travelers who refuse to wear face masks, although exemptions are provided for those under the age of 2 and those with certain disabilities.
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