As of this writing (Jan 22, 2021) – it is still unknown how quarantine will be enforced, what guidelines to follow, the length of time to quarantine. More to come on that.
I did come across this list of FAQs (Frequent Asked Questions) as published by the U.S. Department of State: Consular Affairs. I thought it was worth sharing to those who are still in need of clarification with the negative testing requirements.
A: If you are arriving on a direct flight to the US, your test must be done within the 3 calendar days before your flight departs. If you are arriving via one or more connecting flights, your test must be done in the 3 days before the first flight in your itinerary, but only if the connecting flights were booked as a single passenger booking with a final destination in the US and layovers are no longer than 24 hours. If your connecting flight to the US was booked separately, a layover in your itinerary lasts longer than 24 hours, or your travel is disrupted and you leave the airport, you will need to get tested within the 3 days before your flight that arrives in the US.
A: Please check with your airline to determine in what language results can be submitted. #CDC requires air passengers to have a paper or electronic copy of their test result for review by the airline before you board and for potential review by public health officials after you arrive in the US. Passengers will also attest to the authenticity of the test presented.
A: If your flight is delayed before departure, you will need to get re-tested if the delay causes your test to fall outside of the 3-day pre-departure testing period requirement. A delay while traveling on a continuous itinerary will not invalidate an otherwise valid test unless it results in you leaving the airport terminal or a layover lasting longer than 24 hours.
For more information on where to obtain a test overseas, travelers should review the relevant Embassy website. You may need to consider a routing change to a different country or city in order to meet the testing requirement.
A: U.S. citizens are required to pay for their own tests. In general, if a U.S. citizen abroad faces destitution, the Department can offer certain limited types of assistance if eligibility requirements are met; you may find more information about what we can do on our website: https://travel.state.gov/…/emergency-financial….
A: In general, if a U.S. citizen abroad faces destitution, the Department can offer certain limited types of assistance if eligibility requirements are met; you may find more information about what we can do on our website: https://travel.state.gov/…/emergency-financial….
A: The Department of State does not provide direct medical care to private U.S. citizens abroad. We are committed to providing all possible consular assistance to U.S. citizens in need overseas, including by providing information on local medical resources when appropriate.
A: The CDC order does not ban U.S. citizens from entering the US. The order relates to boarding a U.S.-bound aircraft and is meant to protect and preserve human life, as well as prevent further transmission of a highly contagious and often deadly virus.
A: It depends. While some resorts are planning to offer testing, there is no guarantee you will test negative. The #CDC estimates that 40% of all COVID-19 cases are asymptomatic. If you test positive you should be prepared to extend your trip for a few weeks at your own expense.
A: Some resorts and int’l airports are working to provide testing but there’s no guarantee there will be enough tests, or that results will be ready in 3 days, especially at popular locations. Verify your destination offers testing, and have a back-up plan. https://travel.state.gov/…/ea/covid-19-information.html
A: If your resort does offer COVID testing, remember not all types of tests will be accepted. Only a viral test (either molecular NAAT or antigen) is acceptable for boarding on U.S.-bound flights.
A: We encourage U.S. citizens to avoid non-essential travel. If you must travel abroad we want you to have all the information you need to do so safely. Have health and financial contingency plans should you test positive, and do your part to help slow the spread of the virus.
A: The 3-day time-frame is meant to provide a reasonable turnaround time for test results. While you could be infected after your test, the #CDC order is meant to reduce the risk of further introduction, transmission, and spread of the virus (including new variants) into the US.
A: The CDC order does not replace Presidential Proclamations that suspend/limit entry into the US of aliens who were physically present within specific countries during the 14-day period before attempted entry. We will provide updates on these policies if/when they are available.