Are you required to get a COVID-19 test to fly back to the U.S.?

Air passengers traveling to the US are required to present a negative COVID-19 test result or documentation of recovery. Airlines must confirm the negative test result or documentation of recovery for all passengers before boarding.

Do I need a COVID-19 negative test if am travelling between US states but transit through a foreign country?

If you booked an itinerary from a US state or territory to another US state or territory and the itinerary has you taking a connecting flight through a foreign country, you do not need to be tested. An example of this situation is an itinerary booked between the Northern Mariana Islands (a US territory) and the US mainland via Japan.

Is it safe to travel during the COVID-19 pandemic?

Federal experts who warned about the dangers of travel earlier in the pandemic now say fully vaccinated​ people can safely travel, with some common-sense precautions. However, they still advise against any nonessential travel for unvaccinated​ individuals.

Will I need to be vaccinated to fly into the US during the COVID-19 pandemic?

Starting on November 8, foreign national air travelers to the United States will be required to be fully vaccinated and to provide proof of vaccination status prior to boarding an airplane to fly to the United States, with only limited exceptions.

Do I have to provide a negative COVID-19 test result to enter the US?

Air passengers traveling to the US are required to present a negative COVID-19 test result or documentation of recovery. Airlines must confirm the negative test result or documentation of recovery for all passengers before boarding.

Can an airline deny boarding a passenger if they don’t have a negative COVID-19 test?

Airlines must confirm the negative test result for all passengers or documentation of recovery before they board. If a passenger does not provide documentation of a negative test or recovery, or chooses not to take a test, the airline must deny boarding to the passenger.

What are the requirements for noncitizen nonimmigrants to enter the United States during the COVID-19 pandemic?

As a condition of entering the United States by air, noncitizen nonimmigrants must present proof of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 before boarding a flight to the United States. The Proclamation excepts certain categories of noncitizen nonimmigrants who are not fully vaccinated.

What are the requirements for a noncitizen, nonimmigrant, to travel to the United States during the COVID-19 pandemic?

Noncitizens who are nonimmigrants and seeking to enter the United States by air are required to show proof of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 before boarding a flight to the United States from a foreign country.

Do fully vaccinated travelers need to get tested for COVID-19 after international travel?

  • Fully vaccinated international travelers arriving in the United States are still recommended to get a SARS-CoV-2 viral test 3-5 days after travel.
  • Fully vaccinated travelers do not need to self-quarantine in the United States following international travel.

What documents do I need to enter the US if I am a sea crew member with a C-1 and D nonimmigrant visa during COVID-19?

What documentation do I need if I am a sea crew member traveling with a C-1 and D nonimmigrant visa? You will need to show Your C-1 and D visa; AND

An official letter from your employer (paper or digital) indicating your entry to or transit through the United States is required for the purpose of operating a vessel or return travel after disembarking the vessel consistent with your visa and official letter.

Do the requirements of the COVID-19 negative test order apply to diplomats and special visa holders?

Diplomats and special visa holders are not exempt from this Order.

What documentation do I need to fly if I am a member of the U.S. Armed Forces during the COVID-19 pandemic?

You will need to show a U.S. military identification document, such as a military ID or Common Access Card (CAC) or a DEERS ID Card, or other proof of status as a member or spouse or child (under 18 years of age) of a member of the U.S. Armed Forces.

What type of covid test is required for travelling to the United States?

The test must be a SARS-CoV-2 viral test (nucleic acid amplification test [NAAT] or antigen test) with Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) from the U.S. Food and medicine Administration (FDA).

What happens if I don’t take a test and want to travel to the US?

Air passengers traveling to the US are required to present a negative COVID-19 test result or documentation of recovery. Airlines must confirm the negative test result or documentation of recovery for all passengers before boarding.

Can I board a flight to the US during COVID-19 based on my child’s citizenship status if I am not a US citizen?

Will I be able to board a flight to the United States based on my child’s citizenship status? No, if you are not a U.S. citizen and are not an immigrant, you are required to show proof of being fully vaccinated with an accepted COVID-19 vaccine to board a flight to the United States.

What is the difference between COVID-19 antigen and PCR tests?

PCR tests detect viral RNA. Antigen tests, also called rapid diagnostic tests, detect specific proteins on the surface of the coronavirus. Antigen test results may come back in as little as 15 to 45 minutes; you may wait several days or longer for PCR test results.

What are the different types of COVID-19 tests?

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1. A diagnostic test can show if you have an active coronavirus infection and should take steps to quarantine or isolate yourself from others. Currently there are two types of diagnostic tests – molecular (RT-PCR) tests that detect the virus’s genetic material, and antigen tests that detect specific proteins on the surface of the virus. Samples are typically collected with a nasal or throat swab, or saliva collected by spitting into a tube.

2. An antibody test looks for antibodies that are made by the immune system in response to a threat, such as a specific virus. Antibodies can help fight infections. Antibodies can take several days or weeks to develop after you have an infection and may stay in your blood for several weeks after recovery. Because of this, antibody tests should not be used to diagnose an active coronavirus infection.

What is a NAAT COVID-19 test?

A Nucleic Acid Amplification Test, or NAAT, is a type of viral diagnostic test for SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. NAATs detect genetic material (nucleic acids).