New COVID-19 Detention Testing requirements for international travel by air to the United States.
“All air passengers 2 years or older with a flight departing to the US from a foreign country at or after 12:01am EST (5:01am GMT) on December 6, 2021, are required show a negative COVID-19 viral test result taken no more than 1 day before travel, or documentation of having recovered from COVID-19 in the past 90 days, before they board their flight.”
Please note that COVID-19 tests are NOT REQUIRED FOR LAND travel between the USA and Mexico.
On October 15, it was officially announced by the US authorities that the border between the United States and Mexico will be reopened on November 8, 2021 for “non-essential” travel (all foreign visitors and tourists) both by land and by air, always that meet the requirements.
The US authorities announced the new travel policy, which requires that all foreign visitors and tourists over 18 years of age must have a complete COVID-19 vaccination scheme in order to enter the country (minimum 14 days after the last dose) either digitally or on paper.
The United States will accept all vaccines that have been licensed by the World Health Organization (WHO), currently these include: Pfizer-BioNtech, AstraZeneca, Janssen/Johnson & Johnson, Moderna, BIBP/Sinopharm, Sinovac/Coronavac, Covishield.
Unvaccinated Americans must show a negative test performed within 72 hours prior to entering the United States and be retested once in the United States.
By the beginning of January 2022, all travelers who wish to enter the United States, for essential and non-essential reasons, must have their complete COVID-19 vaccination scheme.
Can a US citizen or legal resident return to the United States?
Yes, the return of American citizens or legal residents to the United States is considered an essential trip.
What are "non-essential" trips?
“Non-essential” trips include trips that are tourist or recreational in nature.
- People traveling for tourism purposes (eg tourism, recreation, gambling, or cultural events).
What are "essential" trips?
“essential” trips include the following:
- Citizens and legal permanent residents returning to the United States.
- People who travel for medical purposes to receive medical treatment.
- Individuals who travel to attend educational institutions.
- People who travel to work in the United States (for example, people who work in the agricultural industry who must travel between the United States and Mexico to promote such work).
- Individuals traveling for emergency response and public health purposes (for example, government officials or emergency personnel entering the United States to support the efforts of the federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial government to respond to COVID- 19 or other emergencies);
- Individuals engaged in legal cross-border trade (for example, truckers who support the movement of cargo between the United States and Mexico).
- Individuals Engaged in Official Government Travel or Diplomatic Travel.
- Members of the US Armed Forces. USA, and their spouses and children, who return to the United States.
- People involved in military-related travel or operations.
What to expect when crossing the border into Mexico?
According to the Instituto Nacional de Migración in Mexico, people who enter Mexico are subject to:
A medical checkup that uses a laser to measure your temperature.
Questions about your current health status and the countries to which you have recently traveled.
DON’T forget that Stay Well Informed COVID-19 is a positive way to carry the daily routine at home.
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