New CDC Guidelines for International Travel
Today the CDC released new guidelines for those returning to the United States from an international destination. Below you will find the current guidelines, but please know this is still a fluid situation. My clients will be updated on a regular basis regarding any changes that might affect their travel. This is one of the main benefits of working with a travel advisor. We stay up to date on the ever-changing travel industry and have our client's backs before the travel, while they are on the road and when they return.
All inbound passengers, regardless of citizenship status, must get tested no more than 3 days before their flight to the U.S. departs. The test must be a viral test (NAAT or antigen test).
If the passenger has tested positive for COVID-19 within the past 3 months, they do not have to get tested again but can travel instead with documentation of her positive viral test results and a letter from her healthcare provider or a public health official that states she has been cleared for travel.
It is the responsibility of the airline to confirm a COVID-19 negative test result or documentation of recovery for all passengers before boarding, and to deny boarding if such is not presented. Passengers must also fill out a CDC attestation form.
The test result must be in the form of written documentation (paper or electronic copy) of a laboratory test, and must include information that identifies the person, a specimen collection date and the type of test administered, as well as verification information, such as the name and contact information for the laboratory that performed the test.
Upon arrival in the U.S. CDC recommends, but doesn’t require, that travelers get retested 3-5 days after travel AND stay home or otherwise self-quarantine for 7 days after travel.