(CNN) — Earlier this week, the US Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention introduced that, as of Tuesday, January 26, all air passengers ages two and older should present proof of a adverse Covid-19 take a look at to enter the USA.
The brand new rule consists of US residents and authorized everlasting residents.
“The order created plenty of nervousness, partly as a result of the timeline from the announcement to when it goes into impact is so quick and partly as a result of it was unclear precisely what it meant,” he says.
Each US residents who’re at present overseas or had plans to go overseas and return January 26 or later in addition to worldwide vacationers who’re scheduled to fly to the USA have quite a few questions on what they should do to make sure their entry into the nation, says Harteveldt.
As well as, some resorts and native governments are scrambling to get ready to supply testing to US-bound fliers.
Questions — from what sort of adverse Covid-19 take a look at that you must the documentation you are required to indicate whenever you’re on the airport, and to whom — are addressed under:
US testing questions answered
What sort of Covid-19 take a look at is taken into account acceptable for vacationers?
How far upfront can I get examined earlier than getting into the nation?
The take a look at time-frame is not more than three days earlier than your flight.
CDC spokesperson Caitlin Shockey says that if you’re flying on a connecting flight into the US, a sound take a look at is one that’s taken not more than three days earlier than your flight departs to the USA however provided that the whole journey was booked beneath a single passenger file.
Additionally, every layover between these connections cannot be longer than 24 hours.
In case your connecting flight to the US was booked individually or you have got an extended connection, that you must get examined throughout the three days earlier than your remaining flight departs for the US.
In case you are flying in a foreign country for lower than three days, you’ll be able to take a take a look at within the US earlier than you depart and use it in your return or take a fast take a look at earlier than your return flight.
In case your flight is delayed previous the three-day window, you have to take one other take a look at to board your flight.
What occurs if I am touring internationally now and are available again after January 26?
It would not matter whenever you left, based on Shockey: In case you are returning to the US on or after January 26, you’ll have to be examined and present proof of being Covid-19 adverse earlier than being allowed to board.
I am visiting a US territory, do I have to get examined?
No. US territories and possessions of the US are exempt, based on the CDC.
If I am a US resident and should pay for a take a look at whereas I am overseas, will my medical insurance cowl it?
It relies on your insurance coverage plan, says Zach Honig, the editor at giant of the journey web site The Factors Man.
However Honig says that it’s best to positively file for reimbursement. “It by no means hurts to ask,” he says.
Who’s checking take a look at outcomes on the airport?
It relies on the vacation spot, however you will probably be requested for documentation of a adverse take a look at outcome from the primary airline worker you have got contact with whenever you’re on the airport, says Harteveldt.
That might be on the ticket counter in case you’re checking in baggage or with the gate agent in case you have no checked baggage.
Airways should verify the adverse take a look at outcome for all passengers earlier than boarding and should deny boarding to anybody who would not present documentation of a adverse take a look at or documentation of getting recovered from Covid-19, based on the CDC.
Honig says that the brand new mandate might imply that you simply will not be capable to test in on-line in your flight to the US. “You will should test in on the airport, so you should definitely arrive upfront to offer your self sufficient time to take action,” he says.
I am flying to the US by non-public airplane. Does this new requirement apply to me?
Sure, the order applies to business and personal flights, based on the CDC.
What sort of documentation do I want to indicate?
The CDC is requiring fliers to have a paper or digital copy of their adverse take a look at outcomes.
Harteveldt extremely recommends that vacationers have a tough copy of their adverse take a look at outcomes versus having them solely on their telephones.
“It could be tough for an agent to learn the doc in your cellphone, and you do not wish to give them an excuse to not board you,” he says.
I already had Covid-19. What sort of documentation do I want?
Should you’ve recovered from Covid-19 throughout the previous three months, you’ll need each proof that you simply examined optimistic prior to now three months earlier than your flight and a letter out of your physician stating that you simply’re cleared for journey.
Should you recovered from the virus greater than three months in the past, the CDC’s Shockey says that you will want to retest and present proof of adverse outcomes earlier than being allowed to board your airplane.
Individuals who have been vaccinated are nonetheless required to have a Covid-19 take a look at earlier than getting into the US.
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I’ve gotten the Covid-19 vaccine. Do I nonetheless want to check?
Sure, the identical necessities apply.
How do I discover a native testing web site whereas I am overseas?
It should differ by nation, however Honig strongly recommends ensuring that you can get a take a look at at your vacation spot earlier than you permit the US. “It may be difficult in some locations to get examined, so it is vital to get affirmation of a spot earlier than your journey,” he says.
You’ll find a testing location by asking your resort upfront of your journey or checking the vacation spot’s official tourism web site.
As well as, prior to now week, a rising variety of resorts, particularly in locations which might be widespread with American vacationers, have began to supply on-site testing.
In St. Lucia, for instance, greater than 20 properties and villas will supply free fast testing.
Baha Mar within the Bahamas has fast assessments for $25 and PCR assessments for $125. At La Colección Resorts all through the Dominican Republic and Mexico, fast testing is free. And at Curtain Bluff in Antigua, testing is $250 an individual for both PCR or fast take a look at outcomes.
The return time for take a look at outcomes varies by property.
Are airways permitting passengers to vary their flights in order that they’ll arrive within the US earlier than the testing necessities take impact?
Some are permitting free adjustments together with waiving the distinction in fare.
Delta, for instance, is waiving the fare distinction by February 9 for patrons who had been booked to journey internationally to the US by February 9, in the event that they rebook their journey to start on or earlier than January 25.
American Airways and United Airways are additionally waiving the fare distinction for patrons due to the brand new necessities.
With American, clients who’ve flights scheduled from January 12 to February 9 can rebook for no cost in the event that they’re departing from and arriving into the locations on their unique ticket. Nonetheless, their journeys should begin on or earlier than January 25.
With United, the fare distinction will probably be waived for fliers rebooking worldwide tickets bought on or earlier than January 12 for scheduled journey to the US by February 15.
My take a look at outcome got here again optimistic. Now what?
Shockey says that it’s best to self-isolate and delay journey if signs develop or a predeparture take a look at result’s optimistic till you get well from Covid-19.
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