As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve daily, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has updated its guidelines on what is required or recommended for travelers upon their arrival in the United States. These new changes are joining December 2021 travel requirements to USA.
Repeats: Before boarding
Non-American persons (those who are not US citizens, US citizens or legal residents) must show two things:
American individualson the other hand, it is only required to either show a negative COVID-19 test result taken no more than one day before the trip or present documentation of cure from COVID-19 within the last 90 days. Because there is no vaccination requirement, U.S. individuals may also be required to provide contact information to airlines prior to boarding to facilitate contact tracing if necessary.
New: After arrival
The new recommendations and requirements after arrival also vary based on citizenship status.
Non-American persons who was allowed to fly to the United States based on an exception without being fully vaccinated may be required to issue certain certificates:
Accept to be tested within 3-5 days of arrival unless they have evidence of cure from COVID-19 within the last 90 days.
Arrange to stay at home or in a hotel room and quarantine for a full 7 days, even if they have a negative test, unless they have evidence of cure from COVID-19 within the last 90 days.
If the COVID-19 test returns positive, or if COVID-19 symptoms develop, the non-US person should isolate themselves.
Those intending to remain in the United States for 60 days or longer must be fully vaccinated within 60 days of arrival or as soon as medically appropriate, without a medical contraindication, or if the person is too young to be vaccinated.
Non-US individuals who are fully vaccinated but not “up to date”, i.e. have not received a booster, should stay home and be quarantined for a full 5 days after the trip.
The CDC recommends testing within 3-5 days of travel, self-monitoring for symptoms and isolation and testing if symptoms develop
American individuals must do the following on arrival:
If not vaccinated or not updated with COVID-19 vaccines:
Even U.S. individuals who have been vaccinated should:
A distinction is made between isolation and quarantinebut that distinction does not change the required behavior.
Isolation distinguishes sick people with a contagious disease from people who are not sick.
Quarantine distinguishes and restricts the movement of people who have been exposed to a contagious disease to see if they become ill.
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