URGENT: Updated Testing Requirements for Persons Traveling to the United States

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On Monday, December 6, all individuals traveling to the United States, regardless of vaccination status or nationality, must show a negative pre-departure COVID-19 viral test taken no more than one day before boarding their flight to the United States.

This new regulation, announced by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), applies to all travelers age two and older.

Persons who have recently recovered from COVID-19 may instead travel with documentation of recovery from COVID-19, such as a positive COVID-19 viral test result on a sample taken no more than 90 days before the flight’s departure, and a letter from a licensed healthcare provider or a public health official stating that you were cleared to travel.

This is in addition to the requirement that foreign national air travelers be fully vaccinated and provide proof of vaccination status prior to boarding an airplane to fly to the United States, with only limited exceptions.

For more information on these updated travel requirements, please visit the CDC’s website at: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/testing-international-air-travelers.html

 

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  1. 1-day before travel – umm
    HOW WILL MSJMC COPE WITH THIS ONSLAUGHT OF rt-PCR TESTS REQUIRED FOR TRAVEL?

    HOW WILL THE MSJMC LAB BE PHYSICALLY ABLE TO RETURN RESULTS IN UNDER 24-HOURS TO ALL USA BOUND TRAVELERS?

    This is crazy pressure on the testing docs and lab technicians and data-processing team.

      • @Jane. Phew! Good info. Thank you. I checked out CDC options below.

        Separately, many countries insisting on rt-PCR for entry, presumably to identify variants, so critical we all check destination requirements close to departure as things change quickly.

        “What sort of test can I take to fly into the US?
        Travelers must take a viral test, which includes antigen tests and nucleic acid amplification tests such as:

        reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) tests

        reverse transcription loop-mediated isothermal amplification (RT-LAMP) tests

        transcription-mediated amplification (TMA) tests

        nicking enzyme amplification reaction (NEAR) tests

        helicase-dependent amplification (HDA) tests.

        Tests must be authorized for use in the country it was administered, according to the CDC.”

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