The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) revised its Global Testing Order to shorten the timeline for required testing for all international air travelers to one day before departure to the United States. In a media release, the CDC said, “this revision strengthens already robust protocols in place for international travel, including requirements for foreign travelers to be fully vaccinated.”
The CDC said beginning Monday “all air travelers, 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 United States.
The CDC said beginning December 6, all air travelers, regardless of citizenship or vaccination status, will be to be required to show a negative pre-departure COVID-19 viral test taken the day before they board their flight to the United States. For example, a passenger whose flight to the United States is at any time on a Sunday would need to have a negative test taken at any time on Saturday. These travel requirements will be effective for air travel to the United States from any foreign country departing at or after 12:01AM ET on December 6, 2021.
Under current rules, vaccinated international air travelers can present a negative test result obtained within three days of their day of departure. Unvaccinated travelers currently must get a negative COVID-19 test within one day of departure.
Further guidance and operational details are available on CDC’s website.
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