The New Rules for the Covid test in international air travel


The New Rules for the Covid test in international air travel 

Are you planning to travel to the U.S. soon? Be ready for more testing requirements in the airport.

The CDC is shortening the testing period, as all international air travelers must take a coronavirus test before traveling from three days to one. Previously, only unvaccinated travelers had to take the test more than a day before traveling.

According to the updated CDC order, the reduced time frame is intended to "provide a lower chance of developing an omicron variant infection before reaching the United States," according to the updated CDC order.

U.S. airlines have been required to collect contact tracing information for incoming international travelers and send it to the CDC "on-demand" since November 8.

When will the new rules start?

The new rules will start Monday at 12:01 am EDT and affect all air passengers age two and older traveling to the United States from a foreign province, regardless of vaccination status or nationality. Travelers who can show evidence of recovery from COVID-19 within the past 90 days are exempt.

What kinds of tests can I take to travel to the United States?

Travelers should have a viral test, which includes antigen tests and nucleic acid amplification tests such as:

Reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) tests

Reverse-transcription loop-mediated isothermal amplification (RT-LAMP) assays.

Transcription-mediated amplification (TMA) assays.

scratch enzyme amplification reaction (NEAR) tests

Helias-dependent amplification (HDA) tests.

According to the CDC, the tests must be authorized for use in the country in which they were performed.

While polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests are popular, results can take days to come back. Albert Ko, a professor of public health at Yale University, suggests that travelers undergo rapid tests accepted by the CDC to receive their results promptly.

Koe himself travels to Brazil this week and plans to pack a rapid at-home antigen test he can use to fly back to the United States.

Tests must be performed before a telehealth monitor and meet other qualifications established by the CDC. If travelers want to learn more about their testing options, airline websites can be helpful. Many international carriers provide information about test requirements and find test centers abroad.

Why order the same one day?

 It allows travelers to take a test at any time in the day before departure—for example, travelers with 5 pm. The flight could go up on Friday with a negative test taken at 8 am.

Do the travelers need to take another test after I arrive?

The CDC recommends that all incoming airline passengers get another viral test three to five days after arrival and says unvaccinated travelers should self-quarantine for seven days after travel.

Do the travelers need to wear a mask on the plane?

Yes really. The new federal mandate, which requires travelers to wear masks on planes, trains, buses, and airports and train stations, has been extended through March 18.

Travelers who refuse to wear masks may face fines of $500 to a minimum of $3,000 for repeat offenders. However, the mandate provides exemptions for travelers under two years of age and people with specific disabilities.

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