Effective December 6, 2021, the United States Centers for Disease Control (“CDC”) has established new rules requiring international air travelers arriving in the United States to obtain a negative COVID-19 test within 24 hours of departure.

Under the current rules, vaccinated international air travelers may present a negative test result obtained within 72 hours of their date of departure date.  Unvaccinated travelers currently must obtain a negative COVID-19 test within one day of departure.

The CDC stated that the new policy will require “all air travelers, regardless of citizenship or vaccination status, to present negative pre-departure COVID-19 viral test taken the day before they board their flight to the United States.”

The tighter testing timeline “provides an added degree of public health protection as scientists continue to assess the Omicron variant,” the White House stated in a factsheet released Thursday.

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