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New U.S. COVID-19 international travel testing rules take effect Monday -Breaking

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By David Shepardson

WASHINGTON (Reuters). -A new set of rules will require international travelers to the United States to have a negative COVID-19 testing within one day. They are effective Monday, 12:01 a.m. U.S. officials confirm Thursday that ET is now at 0.501 GMT.

According to current regulations, international travellers who are not vaccinated can submit a negative result within three days after their date of departure. A negative COVID-19 result must be obtained by unvaccinated travellers within one day after departure.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, all air passengers, no matter their citizenship, or status in vaccination, must show a positive pre-departure COVID-19 virus test on Monday before they fly to the United States.

According to the White House, the tighter timeline for testing “provides an extra degree of public safety as scientists continue assessing the Omicron variant,” a factsheet was released on Thursday.

The CDC expects to grant airlines a 3-day grace period. This will allow some travellers to come back to the United States after having their tests done outside the 1-day window.

Although the administration has begun finalizing details, it is currently considering whether or not to issue temporary exemptions to about 22 countries that have limited access to same day testing. These exemptions may be granted for a period of about one week.

The White House announced Monday that it will bar almost all foreign nationals entering the United States from 8 southern African countries. This was in response to fears about the Omicron variant spreading. However, those restrictions have not been extended to countries where this variant is known.

Anthony Fauci, the U.S.’s top official in infectious diseases, stated Wednesday that he views the bans on eight countries as “temporary measures.”

Jen Psaki spokeswoman for the White House said on Thursday that she did not expect to see restrictions lifted until more information is available about the variant. If additional restrictions are needed, we will keep you posted.

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