Travelers to the United States now have another test option.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated their COVID-19 testing requirements on Friday to accept home testing for international travelers.
All travelers traveling to the United States from another country are required to provide a negative COVID-19 test no later than three days before departure, according to the CDC’s webpage. Passengers must provide documentation of their negative test to their airline before boarding.
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Now the CDC is accepting home testing – or self-tests – for those negative test results. However, the tests must meet certain specifications.
According to the CDC, home tests must be either a nucleic acid amplification test (NAAT) or an antigen test approved for emergency use by the Food and Drug Administration.
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A telehealth provider affiliated with the test manufacturer is also required to remotely monitor the traveler’s self-test in real time and complete a report confirming the person’s identity, test procedure and result, according to the site. CDC Web.
Travelers should then be able to present their test results to airlines and U.S. officials at their port of entry upon request.
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Although it is now easier to travel to the United States, the CDC currently recommends against traveling abroad.
“International travel poses additional risks and even fully vaccinated travelers are at increased risk of contracting and possibly spreading new variants of COVID-19,” the agency says on its website. “The CDC recommends delaying international travel until you are fully immunized. “
The CDC first announced that international travelers to the United States would be required to provide negative COVID-19 tests in January.