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ALERT – New 24-Hour Predeparture COVID-19 Testing to Fly to US

Travelers beware – late yesterday, the US Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a new order mandating even more stringent testing requirements for international travel to the US. The order comes just days after a new Presidential Proclamation banning travel from certain countries to the US.


Beginning Monday, December 6, 2021, all individuals aged two (2) years or older, regardless of citizenship or vaccination status, boarding any flight to the US, must present documentation of a negative pre-departure viral COVID-19 test collected no more than twenty-four (24) hours before the flight’s departure or documentation of having recovered from COVID-19 in the ninety (90) days prior to the flight.


Under current US travel restrictions implemented by the White House and the CDC, only viral COVID-19 tests pass muster. Viral COVID-19 tests include nucleic acid amplification tests (NAAT) and viral antigen tests that have been cleared, approved, or issued an emergency use authorization by the US Food and Drug Administration or other relevant national authority.


With travel bans, vaccine requirements, mask mandates, and even more stringent testing, international travel certainly requires a tremendous amount of planning and travelers should ensure they are kept up to date on these rapidly changing rules.


Stay tuned for the latest from the MPC immigration team as we closely monitor these restrictions and other significant changes in US and Canadian immigration!