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All Travelers Entering The US Must Show Negative COVID-19 Test
We’ve said it nearly every day, but COVID cases across the United States are spiking and there’s a mutant strain popping up, too.
In an effort to the slow the spread, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) announced a new mandate requiring all travelers entering the US from international borders, to present a negative PCR test beginning Jan. 26.
Yes, this includes U.S. citizens. Before you book that quick getaway to Mexico or the Caribbean, make sure you add getting tested to your itinerary.
“Variants of the SARS-CoV-2 virus continue to emerge in countries around the world, and there is evidence of increased transmissibility of some of these variants,” the CDC said in a statement. “With the US already in surge status, the testing requirement for air passengers will help slow the spread of the virus as we work to vaccinate the American public.”
Those flying into the country must get a viral test within 72-hours of their departing flight to the U.S., or they must show documentation stating that they have fully recovered from the virus.
All travelers aged 2 and older must comply except passengers who are only transiting through the United States. Showing a vaccine card will not be enough to meet requirement.
Failure to do either could prevent you from being able to board your flight back.
“Testing does not eliminate all risk, but when combined with a period of staying at home and everyday precautions like wearing masks and social distancing, it can make travel safer, healthier, and more responsible by reducing spread on planes, in airports, and at destinations,” Dr. Robert Redfield, CDC director said in the statement.
Look for guidance from airlines, hotels, tourism bureaus and healthcare providers in the coming weeks on reputable places to get tested begore flying.
If you test positive before your flight you will be required to quarantine in the destination, at your own expense.
Those going to Hawaii have to provide a negative test to enter the state and bypass a mandatory quarantine, and airlines and tourism officials have provided extensive details on testing options.
You can find additional info on testing requirements and enforcement rules here.
This new testing requirement is very similar to the one recently implemented for UK travelers coming into the States, it just broadens the scope of those required to get tested.