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CDC Confirmed COVID Test Requirement to Enter the US

If you plan to travel by air into the United States, you will need to get tested no more than 72 hours (3 days) before your flight and show your negative result before you board.

If you plan to travel by air into the United States, you will need to get tested no more than 72 hours (3 days) before your flight and show your negative result before you board. If you already recovered from COVID-19 in the last 90 days, you must show proof of the positive viral test and a letter from your healthcare provider or a public health official stating that you were cleared to travel, showing you are recovered.

Testing must be completed using a viral test, PCR or antigen. The result must include information that identifies the person, a specimen collection date and the type of test. You can check here a complete list of labs that offer PCR testing created by the ICT.

This Order will be effective as of 12:01 am EST on January 26, 2021 and applies to all air passengers traveling into the US, including US citizens and legal permanent residents, 2 years of age or older. The airline will confirm a COVID-19 negative test result or documentation of recovery for all passengers before boarding.

Having a connection flight in the US will obligate travelers to get testing before departure. Any delay in your flight that causes the test to fall outside of the 3-day pre-departure testing period requirement will trigger the necessity of getting re-tested.

Furthermore, CDC site published as a recommendation that travelers should get tested 3-5 days after arrival and self-quarantine for 7 days, even if you test negative. Based on this information, quarantine is not mandatory at this time until further notice.

 In addition to the negative result of an authorized Covid-19 test, all travelers must present a signed affidavit called “Attestation Requirement” to the airline, certifying that they are free of Covid-19. You can download this document at the following link.

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