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Brent Pinheiro 

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The United States will now require all inbound travellers, regardless of nationality or vaccination status, to provide a negative COVID-19 test result taken one day prior to travel. According to the CDC, the one-day period is one day before the flight’s departure and not 24 hours before. For example, if your flight is at 3 pm on a Saturday, you could board with a negative test taken any time the Friday before. The policy comes into effect on December 6th at 12:01 am EST.   

Originally, the US required tests to be taken three days in advance, but the Biden administration says the tighter testing timeline will add a ‘degree of public protection.’ The move comes as the US attempts to slow the spread of the Omicron variant.   

At this time, all air passengers 2 years and older must present a negative result or documentation of recovery from COVID-19 when checking in for a US-bound flight. If you recently recovered from COVID-19 in the 90 days before your flight’s departure, you will be required to show documentation of recovery from COVID-19. Documentation includes proof of a positive COVID-19 viral test result on a sample and a letter from a licensed healthcare provider or a public health official stating that you have been cleared to travel. All non-US travellers are required to be fully vaccinated to enter the United States unless exempt. There is currently no requirement for fully vaccinated people to quarantine upon arrival in the United States.  

Rapid antigen and PCR test results are accepted for travel. Antigen tests start at $300TT with results usually available in 20-30 mins. PCR tests start at $900TT, it usually takes 24-48 hours to get back results though they can come in sooner.