Planning to fly to the US soon? Be prepared for more stringent testing requirements.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is minimizing test window All international air travelers are required to undergo a pre-departure coronavirus test from three days to one day. Earlier, only unaffiliated passengers did not have to be tested a day before the journey.
The shorter time frame is intended to “provide less opportunity to develop infection with the Omicron version prior to arrival in the United States”. Update as per CDC order,
US airlines have been told to collect contact-tracing information for incoming international passengers and send it to the CDC “on request” starting November 8, when the country adopted a new set of international travel restrictions.
Information collected includes names, addresses, phone numbers, emails and dates of birth.
Here’s what international travelers should know about the new testing requirements.
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When do the new rules come into force?
The new rules go into effect Monday at 12:01 a.m. ET and affect all air travelers two years of age and older flying into the US from a foreign county, regardless of vaccination status or nationality. Passengers who can show proof that they have recovered from COVID-19 in the last 90 days are exempted.
What type of test can I take to fly in the US?
Travelers should undergo a viral test, which includes antigen testing and nucleic acid amplification tests such as:
- Reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) test
- Reverse transcription loop-mediated isothermal amplification (RT-LAMP) test
- Transcription-mediated amplification (TMA) test
- Nicking Enzyme Amplification Reaction (NEAR) Test
- Helicopter-dependent amplification (HDA) testing.
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Why is the order one day not 24 hours?
The one-day duration offers more flexibility than the 24-hour time limit and allows passengers to take the test any time a day before departure. For example, a passenger flying at 5 p.m. on Friday may board with a test negative at 8 a.m. on Thursday.
Do I have to take another test after arrival?
CDC recommends All inbound air travelers get another viral test three to five days after arrival, and says unvaccinated passengers should be quarantined for seven days after travel.
Do I need to wear a mask on the plane?
Yes. The federal mask mandate, which requires passengers to wear masks on airplanes, trains, buses, and at airports and train stations, was It has been extended till March 18.
Travelers who refuse to wear a mask could face a minimum fine of $500 to $3,000 for repeat offenders, although the mandate provides exemptions for passengers under the age of 2 and those with certain disabilities.
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