Today the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are revising the current Global Testing Order in order to reduce the deadline for the necessary tests for all international air travelers to one day before departure for the USA. This revision strengthens the already existing robust protocols for international travel, including the requirements for full vaccination of foreign travelers.
As we learn more about the Omicron variant, this new one-day testing policy will help protect travelers and the health and safety of American communities from COVID-19. These regulations introduce a strict and consistent global international travel policy that is public health oriented.
Today’s announcement means that all air travelers 6 and older, for example, a passenger whose flight to the United States is on a Sunday at any time would have to have a negative test at any time on Saturday.
CDC also recommends that all travelers take a COVID-19 virus test 3-5 days after arrival and quarantine unvaccinated travelers for 7 days after travel.
Both the US government and the aviation industry are committed to making this process as smooth as possible for the traveling public. These travel regulations apply to air travel to the United States from any other country departing December 6, 2021 at or after 12:01 a.m. ET.
Additional instructions and operational details are available on the CDC website.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention