CDC Says International Travelers Should Get Tested 3 Times
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) last week issued advice to the public against traveling during the holiday season. But the surge in new Covid-19 cases is not just an issue in the United States. Many countries around the world have seen spikes in recent weeks and months.
Now CDC has also released new guidance aimed at those who plan on traveling internationally. The agency recommends that Americans who are headed abroad should get tested for COVID-19 at three separate stages along their journey.
Pre-travel testing is a requirement already for many countries, so travelers should take an approved COVID-19 test (typically a PCR-type test) one to three days prior to departure. Travelers should get tested a second time between one and three days prior to their return to the U.S.. Then CDC suggests that a third test should be done three to five days after coming home.
The CDC also suggests that international travelers isolate at home and monitor themselves for symptoms for seven days after they get back. That’s even if they tested negative. If no test is done once they get home, then a 14 day quarantine is suggested.
“You may feel well and not have any symptoms, but you can be contagious without symptoms and spread the virus to others” CDC says. “You and your travel companions (including children) pose a risk to your family, friends, and community for 14 days after you were exposed to the virus.”