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Omicron variant shortens test window for flying

South Florida Residents should be aware of the more restrictive measures President Biden announced Thursday, as the Omicron variant of COVID-19 was detected in the United States. The new regulations are just a continuation of those traveling abroad.

Starting next week, all travelers entering the United States, regardless of vaccination status or nationality, will be required to submit proof of a negative COVID-19 test within one calendar day of the departure flight. Previously, negative tests conducted up to 3 days before boarding a flight were considered valid. Biden has also extended the current rules requiring masks on planes, trains, buses, and airports that are due to expire from January to mid-March.

Importantly, passengers can test at any time within 24 hours up to one day before they plan to board the plane. If your flight departs on Saturday night, you can board the test on Friday morning.

The test must meet the criteria set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. They can be either PCR or an antigenic test, commonly known as a rapid test. However, not all rapid tests pass the rally. For example, home exam kits that can be managed without the supervision of a supervisor are not accepted.

The airline representative should check if the test result is negative. They will see the test, not the border authorities.

Your test may give positive results and you may not be able to return to the United States on time.

Omicron variant shortens test window for flying Omicron variant shortens test window for flying

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