DestinationsFrom 6 December, all travellers entering the US will have to test negative for Covid-19 regardless of citizenship or vaccination status.

US tightens Covid testing requirements for international travel

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All travellers are required to show a negative pre-departure Covid-19 viral test taken the day before they board their flight to the US.
All travellers are required to show a negative pre-departure Covid-19 viral test taken the day before they board their flight to the US. Photo Credit: gettyimages/Maksym Belchenko

The US requires all travellers entering the country, regardless of citizenship or vaccination status, to test negative for Covid-19 within one day of departure, starting 12:01 a.m. ET on 6 December.

President Joe Biden announced the roll-out of stricter requirements on Thursday in response to the recent discovery of the Omicron variant in South Africa.

"All air travellers, regardless of citizenship or vaccination status, will be required to show a negative pre-departure Covid-19 viral test taken the day before they board their flight to the US," the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) confirmed.

Citing sources, Reuters reported that the CDC is expected to give airlines a three-day grace period to allow for some travellers to return to the US with tests taken outside of the one-day window. What's more, the White House is still weighing the possibility of granting temporary exemptions for several countries with limited access to same-day Covid-19 testing. Potential exemptions could last for about a week but more information awaits.

Travellers should also know that the federal mask mandate requiring face masks to be worn on planes, trains and public transportation has been extended through 18 March 2022.

The first official case of Omicron in the US was recently discovered in California and, so far, the variant has already been reported in over 20 countries.

Source: Travel Pulse

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