Today, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is changing the Global Testing Order to reduce the time needed for international travelers to undergo testing. This will allow the testing of passengers one day prior to departure to the United States. This revision is a step forward in the already strong protocols for international travel, which includes the requirement that travelers from abroad be fully vaccinated.
As we learn more about the Omicron variant the new one-day testing policy will assist in protecting travelers and the health and security of American communities from COVID-19. These Orders put in place an extremely strict and consistent international travel policy that is driven by public health.
Today’s announcement means that all passengers flying on airways must show a negative predeparture COVID-19 virus test on the day before their flight to the United States. For example, a traveler who’s flight to the United States is at any time on a Sunday will need to have a negative test taken at any time on Saturday.
CDC continues to advise that travelers get a COVID-19 viral test 3-5 days after arrival and that travelers who are not vaccinated should remain in quarantine for 7 consecutive days after travel.
The U.S. Government as well as the airlines industry are committed to making this process as simple as is possible for travelers. These travel requirements will be in effect for air travel to the United States from any foreign country departing at or after 12:01AM ET on the December 6, 2021.
Additional guidance and operational information is available on the CDC’s website.
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