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CDC Provides New Guidelines for Travellers to the US

Revised guidelines for Travellers have been released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the United States. It has also expanded the types of examinations that foreign tourists seeking to enter the country will take. The CDC revised its guidance on Friday to allow at-home COVID-19 assessments for international travel to the United States.

As of Friday’s update, all foreign Travellers entering the United States will be able to show evidence of a negative COVID-19 examination taken at home. Since Jan. 26, 2021, all international tourists entering the United States have had to show proof of a negative COVID-19 analysis taken no more than 72 hours before their scheduled departure. The CDC stated that while both a gold-standard PCR test and rapid antigen tests had been recognised as legitimate viral tests for admission, those taken at home were not appropriate.

Travellers will now take a self-administered COVID-19 exam from the comfort of their own homes. However, they must also follow those requirements. A SARS-CoV-2 viral test (either a nucleic acid amplification test (NAAT) or an antigen test) with Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) from the US Food and Drug Administration is required for home testing.

Licensed at-home assessments must also be performed with the help of “a telehealth service associated with the test manufacturer that offers real-time monitoring remotely via an audio and video link.” The health authority must be able to see the Travellers take the test to verify that it was completed correctly and that the findings are proper.

The person’s identity, as well as the outcome, must be confirmed by the telehealth service provider. They must then issue a report that complies with the CDC’s requirements, and the travel provider must be able to check, validate, and match the test result to the Travellers identity.

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