A guide to the new Kovid-19 test rules for travel to the US


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has ordered that all passengers going to the US from abroad have to show proof of negative Kovid-19 tests before starting their flight from 26 January. The CDC said preflight testing is necessary in the form of Kovid-19 cases. More infectious strains of the virus are increasing worldwide.

Before traveling you need to know about the new protocol.

Who does it affect?

This order applies to everyone traveling to the US on international flights, including US citizens. If you are flying on a private jet or charter flight you will still need to show negative test results. There are exceptions for children under the age of 2, airline crew and federal law-enforcement agents and members of the military traveling for duty.

Which countries are covered?

All of them. Passengers from any country, including Mexico and the Caribbean, must show proof of a negative test. Airlines may seek temporary discounts for some countries where test supplies are insufficient, but the carrier has not yet said which countries can fall into this category.

The need for universal testing goes into effect on 26 January. Those coming from the United Kingdom are already subject to the same testing requirements that went into effect following the emergence of a new coronovirus strain in December.

What type of exam will I need, and when? What if I don’t have my results?

US-bound air travelers must test no more than three days before flight and must bring written or electronic proof of results. Airlines can accept both PCR and rapid antigen tests. If you do not have documentation with you, the airlines will not allow you to board, according to the CDC’s order.

Airlines are still working on the exact protocol they will use to test the test results. Customers arriving from the UK on United Airlines show test results in the lobby before security, but the details may not be the same for other countries, a United Airlines holdings Inc.

The spokesman said.

What if I have been vaccinated?

Even if you have been vaccinated for Kovid-19, you will need to show evidence of a negative test.

What if I was Kovid-19 recently and got better?

If you have tested positive for Kovid-19 in the last three months, but no longer have symptoms, the CDC does not recommend testing again. If you are in this group and have met the criteria for termination of isolation, the CDC states that you can travel as long as you have written permission from a health care provider or public-health officer. Bring your positive test result and doctor’s letter to show the airline in exchange for a negative test result.

Does this mean that America has lifted most travel restrictions from Europe, Britain and other countries?

Not at this point. Airlines are urging the government to remove those restrictions, especially now that the testing requirements are in force. However, the government has not taken any action on that, so those who are not US citizens or permanent residents cannot come to the US from most of Europe, UK, Brazil, China and Iran. Similarly, many countries do not allow passengers to enter from the US, or continue to impose lengthy quarantine requirements upon arrival.

What if I need to change my travel plans?

Airlines have already done away with most international change fees and are adding more flexibility for those who need to adjust their plans and move to the US before the new testing requirements take effect.

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And delta air lines Inc.

For example, it would allow people to book international tickets for the US that were scheduled on 9 February, as long as the new journey starts on or before 25 January. This means that you can rebook to fly before the test without paying higher. -Man fare.

Do I need a repeat test or quarantine when I want to return to the US?

The CDC advises people to have a second test three to five days after the trip and stay home for seven days (or 10 days without a second test). CDC officials said that testing on its own is not an option for social disturbances and wearing face masks.

Travel bubbles are developing in some places in an attempt to revive air travel, which has fallen during the epidemic. The WSJ points out that reopening the skies at both ends of a trip without any need can help re-run the global economy. Illustration: Crystal Tai

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