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New COVID Test Rule for International Travelers

By December 3, 2021COVID-19
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The Biden Administration has announced today that, starting from December 6, all inbound international airline passengers aged 2 and up, regardless of citizenship or vaccination status, must submit a negative COVID test taken within 1 calendar day of travel in order to board their flight. This new rule has replaced the existing policy that requires fully vaccinated passengers to submit a negative COVID test taken with 3 days of travel. Passengers who have recovered from COVID within 90 days will still be able to submit evidence of their recovery as an alternative to COVID testing. This new policy is a response to the new Omicron COVID variant.

A humanitarian exemption exists for the testing requirement, but will only be granted in extremely limited cases where travel is necessary for emergencies involving health and safety and the passenger is unable to access or complete COVID testing in time for their flight. For more information regarding COVID testing, please click here.

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