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New international travel testing rules: What to know
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The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced this week that its international travel requirements have changed.
Beginning on Monday, Dec. 6, all air passengers two years and older – regardless of vaccination status or citizenship – will have to show a negative COVID-19 viral test taken no more than one day before travel to the U.S.
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"Today, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is revising the current Global Testing Order to shorten the timeline for required testing for all international air travelers to one day before departure to the United States. This revision strengthens already robust protocols in place for international travel, including requirements for foreign travelers to be fully vaccinated," the agency wrote in a release.
The CDC said the one-day testing policy would help to protect travelers and American communities alike from COVID-19 – especially as the world learns more about the omicron variant.
"These Orders put in place a stringent and consistent global international travel policy that is guided by public health," the statement continued.