While the United States is set to end the requirement that international travelers must test negative for COVID-19 on Sunday, several safety recommendations put forward by the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention remain in place.
Whether leaving or entering the United States, citizen or visitor, the CDC encourages a number of mitigation measures, including wearing face masks on public transportation and frequent hand washing. .
Before traveling to or from the United States, people should consider getting tested with a virus test as close to departure time as possible, with testing taking place no later than three days before travel. However, from Sunday, testing will no longer be mandatory, just encouraged.
International travelers visiting the United States have slightly different requirements than citizens, US nationals, and immigrants entering the country. All non-U.S. citizens traveling by air are required to show proof of full COVID-19 vaccination, with only a few exemptions in place, according to the CDC.
All air passengers bound for the United States, including citizens returning to the country, are required to provide contact information to airlines in case travelers need to be notified of exposure to a communicable disease, including COVID-19.
People visiting the United States should bring their required documents, such as a passport and any visas or other entry/residency documents, needed to enter the country, the CDC said on its website.
Despite the end of the federal mandate for masks, the CDC still recommends that anyone 2 years of age and older, including airline passengers and airport workers, wear a properly fitted mask or respirator on board aircraft. public transport and transport facilities. Outside of public transport, travelers 2 years of age or older should wear masks in areas with “high” levels of COVID-19 or if they – or someone they live with – have a weakened immune system or present an increased risk of serious illness.
After arriving in the United States, the CDC recommends that anyone, including U.S. citizens, stay home and self-quarantine for a full five days after travel. All travelers, regardless of vaccination status, should be tested for the virus 3 to 5 days after arrival and self-monitor for symptoms of COVID-19, the CDC said. If symptoms develop, you are encouraged to self-isolate and get tested.
The situation is different for those who have recovered from a documented COVID-19 infection within the past 90 days – whether or not they have been vaccinated. In this case, you don’t need to take a test 3-5 days after your arrival, and you don’t need to quarantine yourself either.