The Biden administration is expected to take action in the coming days to strengthen testing requirements for international travelers to the United States, including vaccinated and unvaccinated people, the Associated Press reports.
The move is part of a strengthened winter strategy for the Covid that Biden plans to announce on Thursday, the publication added.
US authorities will require anyone entering the country to be tested one day before boarding a flight, regardless of their vaccination status or country of departure. Administration officials are also considering requiring all travelers to be retested within three to five days of arrival. Currently, those who are fully vaccinated can have a test done within three days of boarding.
Authorities have reportedly debated a controversial proposal to force all travelers, including U.S. citizens, to self-quarantine for seven days, even if their test results are negative.
“The CDC is evaluating how to make international travel as safe as possible, including pre-departure testing closer to the time of flight and considerations regarding additional post-arrival testing and self-quarantines,” the said. Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Dr. Rochelle Walensky. Tuesday.