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Key Points

  • The White House has updated its guidance for inbound international travelers due to COVID-19
  • All travelers are required to get a COVID-19 test within one day of departure to the US.
  • Testing is required for all travelers regardless of vaccination status and country of origin
  • Face masks must be worn through March 18, 2022, on planes, trains, and public transportation


In response to increasing concerns about the new Omicron variant circulating worldwide, President Biden has announced additional protocols for international travel. These requirements follow the previous travel guidance issued by the government on November 29, 2021.

What are the Changes?

Starting early next week, all inbound international travelers must get a COVID-19 test within one day of traveling to the US, rather than three days as previously mandated. This requirement applies to all travelers, regardless of vaccination status and nationality.

Additionally, all travelers must wear masks on airplanes, trains, and other forms of public transportation. Masks must also be worn in transportation hubs. This requirement will remain in effect through March 18, 2022. Noncompliance will result in fines.

Looking Ahead

Public health and travel guidance are changing rapidly in response to emerging information on the Omicron variant. Updates will be provided as available.

Source: The White House

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