Transnational travelers coming to the United States from anywhere in the world, including American citizens will have to present evidence of a negative covid test taken within 24 hours of their departure.
U.S. President Joe Biden made the announcement on Thursday, December 2 amid growing concerns around the new Omicron variant.
The new rules will take effect early coming week, according to a White House briefing. All U.S.-bound transnational travelers will need to take a test within one day of their departure, regardless of their nationality or vaccination status. Unvaccinated travelers aren’t allowed to enter the U.S., with limited exceptions.
Mask- wearing will also be needed in all mass conveyance capitals and airfields until March 18. The accreditation had been set to expire on January 18.
Biden said Americans should be prepared for a rise in coronavirus cases over the downtime, but maintained it should simply be a cause for concern rather than fear.
The U.S. announcement comes just days after Canada announced that U.S. travelers were exempt from the new travel measures. Currently, fully vaccinated air travellers from all countries except the U.S. must get tested upon arrival at a Canadian airport. They will need to go into quarantine until their test comes back negative.
Canada’s health minister, Jean-Yves Duclos, said the government would meet with the provinces to discuss measures with the U.S. So far, there have been no further developments made public since November 30.