Bay Area Travelers Prepare For New COVID-19 Testing Rules To Take Off – NBC Bay Area – Community News

Bay Area Travelers Prepare For New COVID-19 Testing Rules To Take Off – NBC Bay Area

Starting Monday, all international travelers, including U.S. citizens, must show a negative COVID-19 test taken 24 hours before departure on any flight bound for the U.S.

The mask mandate for all forms of public transport will remain in effect until March 8.

People who were at the international terminal at San Francisco International Airport on Sunday will be subject to the new, stricter testing window when they return from their travels.

“24 hours is better than 72 hours because we don’t know if people exposed themselves or left after taking that test within 72 hours,” said Payal Bgga, who was on a trip to India.

For people with holiday plans abroad, the new rules present a new travel challenge.

“I think it is necessary, although it has made travel so complicated,” said Natalie Raccah, who traveled to Israel.

Travelers leaving SFO on international flights will also have to investigate new restrictions from other countries.

France is now demanding a COVID-19 test within two days of departure instead of three.

While Israel imposes mandatory three-day quarantines for people arriving in the country.

Public health officials around the world and here in the US are trying to slow the spread of the virus as much as possible.

“I think we’ve made an investment to make sure people don’t bring in new cases, especially if we have to worry about something like ommicron,” said Dr. Francis Collins, director of the National Institutes of Health.