The U.S. will tighten the requirements for COVID-19 tests for those entering the country
All arrivals, including U.S. citizens, will have to take the test no earlier than a day before boarding the flight.
The U.S. administration is preparing stricter requirements for COVID-19 tests for all entering the country, including Americans returning home, in order to contain the spread of the potentially dangerous omicron strain. This was reported by The Washington Post, citing its sources.
According to them, intending to travel to the United States will have to take a COVID test no more than a day before boarding the flight, regardless of vaccination or the country of departure. The administration is also considering the possibility of introducing a requirement that all travelers be retested for COVID within three to five days after arrival. U.S. President Joe Biden is expected to announce this on Thursday.
At the same time, the publication continues, the US authorities are discussing the possibility of introducing a seven-day quarantine requirement for all visitors, including U.S. citizens, even if their test results are negative. Violators of these rules will be fined and punished. It is still unclear exactly when the new requirements will take effect. According to the sources of the publication, we are talking about one or two weeks. Details of the new rules are still being discussed in the White House, the Ministry of Health, and the U.S. Department of Justice.
Currently, the American authorities require those who have been vaccinated with a vaccine approved by the United States or the World Health Organization (WHO) to test for coronavirus no more than three days before departure. At the same time, in November, more than 200 thousand people flew to the United States from abroad every day.
On Tuesday, Biden, answering journalists’ questions about whether he would coordinate with allies further restrictions on travel to the country, stressed that he, unlike his predecessor in the presidency, Donald Trump, “does not shock the allies” of the United States.