The White House just announced that beginning “early next week”, the United States will begin requiring all travelers entering the country to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within one day of departure, regardless of nationality or vaccination status. Currently, fully-vaccinated travelers only need a test that had been taken within three days of traveling, while unvaccinated travelers have to get their test within the one-day window.
In the same briefing, the Biden Administration extended the mask requirement for public transportation (including airports and airplanes) through March 18, 2022.
Although there had been speculation that a mandatory post-travel quarantine would be enacted in response to the new Omicron variant, this was not announced during the briefing.
There was a small bit of good news for travelers in the briefing, as the White House announced new steps to expand access to at-home COVID-19 tests. At-home COVID tests will now be covered by private insurance, so hopefully travelers will be able to order at-home tests to bring with them (and use for reentry to the U.S.) for free. However, at-home tests are only acceptable for travel if they include supervision via telehealth, and it was not indicated if this service will be covered under the new order.
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