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Here are the new rules to enter the U.S. from abroad

On Sunday, Nov. 22, 2020, nurses will give nasal swabs to travelers wearing protective masks at Terminal B at Los Angeles International Airport.

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The rules of international travel are changing — again.

The emergence of the omicron variant of Covid-19 in southern Africa and its detection around the world has sparked a host of new travel requirements and, in some cases, outright bans — further complicatingThese are just the beginning of international travel.

The Biden administration banned South Africa’s visitors from Botswana and Namibia three weeks after lifting an international travel ban for pandemics in more than 30 nations.

The U.S. will begin imposing stricter tests for inbound travel, which includes U.S. citizens. Travelers are required to plan for Covid test costs closer to the departure date.

These rules are constantly changing. These are the essential facts for U.S. bound air passengers:

Is there a shift?

Beginning Monday, all international travelers who fly to the U.S. will have to present proof that they had a negative Covid result within one day after departing. This applies to both U.S. citizens as well as vaccinated travellers.

Before the United States, visitors to the country, citizens, and permanent residents who had been vaccinated were required to submit to a blood test within 3 days.

What time do travellers need to pass their exam?

The Centers for Disease Control states that specimens must be collected within one calendar day of departure.

Which types of Covid test are acceptable?

All results of antigen- and nucleic acid amplifying tests (NAAT), which include PCR test results, will be accepted.

Are there any tests I must take when I arrive in the U.S.

No. It is not required that all travelers undergo a test before landing in the United States.

The CDC expanded a voluntary program that offers free tests for travelers arriving at airports to detect variants. This includes the omicron and p micron variants.

These products are available from XpresSpa GroupSince the start of the pandemic, a variety of airport services have been offered by. Ginkgo Bioworks. You can access the program at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York or Newark Liberty International Airport. At-home and PCR testing can both be done upon arrival.

XpresSpa’s XpresCheck affiliate also provides rapid testing at U.S. Airports. The prices range from $75 to $250 for a PCR Test and $250 for a Rapid PCR Test.

Are the new rules applicable to land entry into the U.S.

No. These new rules apply only to air travel.

Can I cancel my flight?

Airlines policies can vary, so travelers are advised to check frequently with their airline for changes in rules or ticket policies.

The major U.S. airlines have removed change fees from domestic international and domestic main-cabin tickets. But travelers might still need to be responsible for difference in fare, if they choose to fly on a different day. The basic economy ticket is generally more rigid and difficult to alter.

Delta Air LinesFare differentials will be waived for Japan, Israel and South Africa, as they have temporarily prohibited foreigners from entering their countries. American AirlinesIf you have purchased tickets for travel between Australia and Europe (or from the U.K. or Hong Kong), Israel, Japan and South Africa, March 1, 2020 through December 31, 2021 and your travel took place before this date, then the value of your ticket is eligible for use for travel through December 31, 2022.

Mike Robinson
Mike covers the financial, utilities and biotechnology sectors for Street Register. He has been writing about investment and personal finance topics for almost 12 years. Mike has an MBA in Finance from Wake Forest University.