While we are dealing with the craziness of the rules being changed in Maharashtra for International and Domestic arrivals, changes are coming to travel into the US, which will impact everyone, regardless of their vaccination status.
New travel rules might require Covid-19 negative test within one day of departure
The US currently mandates travel rules, where all travellers must present a COVID-19 viral test result (regardless of vaccination status) before they travel by air into the United States. You must show your negative result to the airline before you board your flight. These rules differ on the timeline for vaccinated travellers and make an exception for not-fully-vaccinated US residents:
- Fully vaccinated: The viral test must be conducted on a sample taken no more than three days before the flight’s departure from a foreign country if you show proof of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
- Not fully vaccinated: The viral test must be conducted on a sample taken no more than one day before the flight’s departure from a foreign country if you do not show proof of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
As per a report by the Wall Street Journal and subsequently reported by other US outlets, the Biden administration is preparing new travel rules for everyone entering the U.S. by air, regardless of their vaccination status. These new rules are expected to be announced on Thursday, December 2, 2021.
As per the new rules being discussed, you will need to present a Negative Covid-19 viral test within one day of travel, irrespective of your vaccination status. Not just that, you might be required to make a second test 3-5 days after arrival, and a 7-day quarantine on arrival in the States is being also discussed.
While this is a developing story if you intend to travel to the US, be mindful of checking the latest requirements.
There is discussion in the US about amending the timeline of the negative test before travel from T-3 Days to T-1 day sample collection irrespective of your vaccination status, to be followed with a post-arrival follow-up test. Even a quarantine on arrival may be on the table, and the new rules are due to be notified on December 2, 2021.
What do you think of the new travel rules on the discussion table of the US Administration at the moment?
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