New CDC Test Requirements

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WASHINGTON — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention plans to toughen coronavirus testing and screening of international fliers to the United States by requiring them to provide a negative result from a test taken within 24 hours of departure, a spokesman for the agency said Tuesday night.

The move to strengthen the testing regime reflects growing concern about the Omicron variant, a highly mutated form of the virus that was first documented by researchers in South Africa and detected in more than a dozen countries around the world.

“C.D.C. is working to modify the current global testing order for travel as we learn more about the Omicron variant; a revised order would shorten the timeline for required testing for all international air travelers to one day before departure to the United States,” said the spokesman, Jason McDonald.
 

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“This strengthens already robust protocols in place for international travel, including requirements for foreign travelers to be fully vaccinated,” he added.

Earlier Tuesday, a senior administration official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because no final decisions had been made, said health officials were examining whether current testing — which allows fully vaccinated people to take a P.C.R. test up to three days before departing on a flight to the United States — was stringent enough. It was unclear whether the new 24-hour rule would require a rapid P.C.R. or antigen test.

President Biden has said he will announce on Thursday his plans for enhancing the fight against the pandemic. It is not clear whether he will announce tougher testing requirements for international travelers, which were first reported by The Washington Post, during Thursday’s speech. Mr. McDonald offered no timeline for the C.D.C.’s action.

In the meantime, Mr. McDonald said, the C.D.C. continues to recommend that all travelers get a coronavirus test three to five days after arrival in the United States. Unvaccinated travelers should self-isolate and quarantine for seven days after arrival, even if they test negative.
 

windeguy

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Getting a PCR test within 24 hours of travel can be quite the challenge in the DR. We will know soon what the US decides.
 
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Getting a PCR test within 24 hours of travel can be quite the challenge in the DR. We will know soon what the US decides.
When I was down in November we went to playa dora emergency center to next pcr test done on Sunday for flying out to Canada Tuesday
Was told we could pick hard copy Monday afternoon
Then found out at Emotions Monday morning they just started doing test for same flight
They can do it in DR
 

windeguy

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I can do it here in Cabrera - 2500DOP
Just a couple of hours
As I understand it, a minimum time to process a true PCR test is 6 hours. Now, that may have changed, or they just fake the result. But let us see if a true PCR is in the cards for the US.
 

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As I understand it, Ken is correct in that it is not physically possible to do an actual PCR test in 2 hours.
I don't think so. I think what they are telling you is a PCR is technically but not the same as the others are paying 2500 pesos for