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In the United States, new rules for entering the country began to apply: what you need to know

On the new travel restrictions in the United States, which began to operate on December 6, reports KTLA.

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Beginning December 6, travelers to the United States must show proof of a negative PCR test for coronavirus taken 1 day before arriving in America, not three days before.

In addition, US President Joe Biden extended federal rule requiring passengers on planes, trains and buses to wear face masks until March 18. It was to expire in mid-January.

Here's what travelers should know:

New Testing Requirements

Since December 6, the United States requires all arriving international travelers to be tested for COVID-19 no more than 1 day before their arrival in the United States, regardless of their citizenship and vaccination status.

The new requirement replaces a similar three-day requirement in effect since early November, when the administration lifted travel bans in the United States.

“This tighter schedule provides an additional layer of protection as scientists continue to study the omicron strain,” Biden said during a short presentation announcing the innovations.

Are testing requirements for children?

Yes, but children under 2 years old do not need to take tests. Tests are also unnecessary for people who can prove they have had COVID-19 in the past 90 days. You can learn more about these requirements. here.

Do you need to take the test exactly 24 hours before your trip?

No. It is a policy of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that travelers must get tested the day before their flight departs, but does not say that it must be exactly 24 hours before departure.

“The regulation uses 1 day instead of 24 hours to provide more flexibility for air passengers and airlines,” the CDC said. “When using the one-day window, the acceptability of the tests is not so much dependent on the time of flight or the time of day when the material was taken for testing.”

This means that if your flight is on Friday, then on Friday you can board with a negative test result, which was carried out at any time on the previous Thursday.

Mask mode rules

The TSA will expand requirements for wearing masks on planes, trains, subways and other public transport, including airports and bus terminals, during the winter.

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Fines for not wearing masks, which were doubled earlier this year, will remain in the $ 500 to $ 3000 range.

The rule of masks has become a stumbling block on flights, causing a lot of conflicts, and some in the aviation industry want this mandate to be canceled. Since the beginning of the year, airlines have reported more than 5000 unruly passenger incidents to federal authorities, with about three-quarters of the cases involving passengers who refuse to wear a mask.

Is testing and quarantine required upon arrival?

No, it's not required, but the CDC recommends that all travelers get tested three to five days after arriving in America.

Travelers are advised to self-monitor their health, isolate and get tested if they develop symptoms of COVID-19.

It is also recommended that those who have not received a full vaccination stay home and quarantined for the full seven days after travel, even if their test is negative three to five days after arrival.

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Travelers who have not been vaccinated or tested are advised to stay at home and be quarantined for 10 days after travel.

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