New COVID-19 testing requirements for travel: what you should know

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By , KYW Newsradio

People traveling to or from the United States by air should be aware of a change in COVID-19 testing requirements.

Currently, travelers must have proof of a negative COVID-19 test before entering the U.S. Effective Monday, though, international travelers must get tested — regardless of vaccination status or citizenship — no more than one day before entering the country.

Negative results must be shown to the airline before boarding.

Those who recently recovered from COVID-19 may instead travel with documentation of recovery, such as a positive COVID-19 viral test result on a sample taken no more than 90 days before the flight's departure from a foreign country and a letter from a licensed healthcare provider or a public health official stating clearance to travel.

People staying outside of the country at resorts or hotels should see what testing options are available, to appropriately coordinate testing. It's also important to check testing and vaccination mandates in place in countries you visit before leaving the U.S.

The new mandate covers all travelers 2 years of age or older. It is part of a nine-point plan rolled out by the White House to combat COVID-19 and the omicron variant.

The nine points are as follows:

1. Boosters for all adults
2. Vaccinations to protect kids and keep schools open
3. Expanding free at-home testing for Americans
4. Stronger public health protocols for safe international travel
5. Protections in workplaces to keep the economy open
6. Rapid response teams to help battle rising cases
7. Supplying treatment pills to help prevent hospitalizations and death
8. Continued commitment to global vaccination efforts
9. Steps to ensure preparation for all scenarios

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