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Black Expats Share COVID-19 Testing Costs And Timelines Across The World
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently announced starting Tuesday, Jan. 26, all air travelers ages 2 and older must show a negative COVID-19 test to enter the United States.
The CDC’s latest directive, which includes US citizens and permanent residents, comes amid reports of more transmissible variants of the virus emerging in other countries.
Following the news, confusion and anxiety erupted in the travel industry, mainly because of the timeline of when the order goes into effect. People who already booked travel plans have a short amount of time to find adequate testing sites in the destinations they’re visiting. The US requires testing no more than 3 days before flight departure.
Black Expat Community Responds
Questions surrounding where to find testing remains a hot topic on social media.
The CDC noted that negative results need to come from a test that can detect an ongoing infection by picking up on pieces of the pathogen itself.
The two types of tests that fall into this category are molecular tests, including PCR tests and antigen tests, and antibody tests— which can only determine whether someone was infected in the past, does not meet the requirement, as reported in the New York Times.
The Black expat community is responding by offering some advice on where to get tested. Here’s a list of what to expect in some places: