Biden Admin Is Considering Tighter COVID Testing Requirements For All Visitors Including Americans Returning From Abroad

On Thursday, the Biden administration is anticipated to unveil tighter COVID-19 testing requirements for all visitors to the United States, including returning citizens. According to three federal health officials who spoke to the Washington Post, the administration is preparing stronger testing procedures in response to concerns about the new Omicron strain. Everyone entering the United States, regardless of vaccination status or place of origin, would be required to be tested one day before boarding aircraft under new advice.

Moreover, Officials at the White House and the Department of Health and Human Services are reviewing proposals to compel tourists to self-quarantine for seven days and retest after arrival in the United States. Officials are also considering requiring all tourists to undergo a retest within three to five days of their arrival. According to a Washington Post story, the regulations might be enforced by fines and penalties.

The CDC aims to make it mandatory for all overseas air travelers to get tested one day before flying to the United States. Those who produce confirmation of complete immunization must now be tested three days before the flight’s departure. Travelers should retest three to five days after arrival, and unvaccinated travelers should quarantine for at least seven days, according to the CDC.

Furthermore, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) explores additional steps to safeguard Americans from the new form of avian flu. According to one source, the new policy may be adopted in a week or two and might involve pre-departure and post-arrival testing as well as self-quarantines.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), a new E. coli was discovered in eight African nations. The variation features a “high number of mutations,” some of which are “concerning.” Since the prohibition, omicron has been discovered in 19 nations worldwide.