Are you required to get a COVID-19 test to fly back to the U.S.?

Can Non-citizens enter the United States during the COVID-19 pandemic?

For the first time since March 2020, non-citizen travelers will be permitted to enter the U.S. through a land border or ferry terminal for a non-essential reason (i.e., tourism), provided they are fully vaccinated and can present proof of COVID-19 vaccination status.

What happens if I don’t take a test and want to travel to the US?

Air passengers traveling to the US are required to present a negative COVID-19 test result or documentation of recovery. Airlines must confirm the negative test result or documentation of recovery for all passengers before boarding.

Is there a test for COVID-19?

Yes, the FDA has issued Emergency Use Authorizations (EUAs) for different types of COVID-19 tests. Some tests are used to diagnose the virus that causes COVID-19 infection whereas other tests are used to detect a recent or prior COVID-19 infection.

How long after getting infected will COVID-19 antibodies show up in the test?

An antibody test may not show if you have a current infection because it can take 1–3 weeks after the infection for your body to make antibodies.

Does an antibody test diagnose an active COVID-19?

Antibodies can take several days or weeks to develop after you have an infection and may stay in your blood for several weeks after recovery. Because of this, antibody tests should not be used to diagnose an active coronavirus infection.

Can you have COVID-19 and still test negative for antibody test?

A negative test means that you have no COVID-19 antibodies, so you probably were not infected with the COVID-19 virus in the past. Because it takes time for antibodies to develop, false-negative test results can happen if the blood sample is collected too soon after your infection started.

Can I travel internationally during the COVID-19 pandemic?

CDC recommends delaying international travel until you are fully vaccinated.

Will I need a COVID-19 test to travel internationally?

If you plan to travel internationally, you will need to get a COVID-19 viral test (regardless of vaccination status) before you travel by air into the United States.

What public health measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19 are recommended by the CDC?

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