US Weighing Stricter Coronavirus Testing for All Arrivals

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Stricter Coronavirus Testing

US Weighing Stricter Coronavirus Testing for All Arrivals

The White House could soon impose stricter testing requirements for all travelers entering the United States, including returning Americans. The potential changes come as an attempt to contain the spread of the new omicron variant.

Washington Post reports that the new enhanced winter covid strategy is expected to be revealed Thursday. U.S. officials would require everyone entering the country to be tested one day before boarding flights, regardless of their vaccination status or country of departure.

But there are ongoing discussions for even more requirements. One suggestion is that all travelers get retested within three to five days of arrival. There’s also a controversial proposal to require all travelers, including U.S. citizens, to self-quarantine for seven days, even if their test results are negative.

Currently, the United States requires pre-departure coronavirus testing for both unvaccinated (within one day before departure) and vaccinated (within three days before departure) air travelers to the country.

The administration is also considering the option of introducing fines and penalties related to testing and quarantine measures for travelers in the United States.

The United States immediately restricted travel from several southern African nations where the omicron variant was first reported. But in recent days, since omicron has been identified in at least 19 countries spanning the globe, U.S. officials are considering additional precautions.

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  1. Wouldn’t it be easier to just use implantable chips?
    Here’s a future headline:
    “TSA extends mask mandate for airports and planes indefinitely”
    Masks in planes and in airports are permanent. When have you ever seen any government do anything that chooses freedom over safety?

    Still waiting…

  2. US should have All the us bound airlines offer free rapid covid testing before flights. Call people 6 hours early. Get them checked in and have them get the test done.


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