Covid Advice

New US Testing Requirements

Today (2 December 2021) the White House confirmed that the United States will be strengthening its pre-departure testing protocols to respond to the Omicron COVID-19 variant.

The official announcement can be found here, as part of a broader set of actions by the US Government.

From early next week (commencing 6 December – exact date to be confirmed) all international arrivals by air will be required to present a negative pre-departure COVID-19 test, taken within one day (24 hours) of departure to the US, regardless of nationality or vaccination status.

Pre-departure tests for the US can be at-home/remote, providing it’s via a telehealth service affiliated with the test manufacturer (i.e. video-observed) or administered in-person by a health professional. Lateral flow (antigen) and PCR tests are both accepted.

Please continue to check the  US Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website which will be updated with the latest entry requirements. 

In line with existing rules, all foreign national visitors to the United States must be fully vaccinated.

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Foreign holidays are back, and this hub of essential information and advice is designed to help those heading off on their long-awaited overseas breaks and reconnecting with loved ones abroad.

We’ll be helping you prepare for your next trip, understand the latest Government requirements for travel and offering tips on how to book travel with confidence this year, all as part of our #ReadySteadyTravel campaign.

As well as the advice available here, you’ll find further support and guidance via ABTA’s social media channels ([email protected], Facebook @ABTAlovetravel and Instagram @ABTAlovetravel) and by speaking with an ABTA Member travel company, all of which are experts at finding the best holiday for you and will look after you every step of the way.

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