The United States has updated its travel protocols in response to the Omicron variant of SARS-CoV2 which is detected in late November 2021.
The United States (US) has tightened pre-departure testing protocols by requiring all inbound international travelers to test within one day of departure globally, regardless of nationality or vaccination status.
A statement released by the White House on Saturday reads;
“Strengthening global pre-departure testing protocols: Early next week, the United States will tighten pre-departure testing protocols by requiring all inbound international travelers to test within one day of departure globally, regardless of nationality or vaccination status. This tighter testing timeline provides an added degree of public health protection as scientists continue to assess the Omicron variant.”Advertisement
So, if you are plan to travel to the United States, you should make a note of the following before you start your travel.
Before Traveling to the United States
Travelers Prohibited from Entry to the United States: With specific exceptions, noncitizens who have been in certain countries during the past 14 days may not enter the United States as immigrants. For more information, visit Travelers Prohibited from Entry to the United States.
Testing Requirements – ALL Travelers
- Before boarding a flight to the United States, you are required to show a negative COVID-19 test result taken no more than 1 day before travel.
- Children under 2 years old do not need to test. There is also an option for people who have documented recovery from COVID-19 in the past 90 days. Learn more about these requirements.