The Biden administration plans to tighten travel rules to combat the omicron variant of the coronavirus, by requiring all air travelers to the U.S. to be tested within a day of their departure regardless of vaccination status, according to a person familiar with the matter.
The U.S. last week imposed travel restrictions that bar arrivals from foreign nationals who have been in any of eight southern African nations in the past 14 days. The administration hasn’t said how long those measures will be in place.
The Washington Post earlier reported the administration’s plans for tightening travel restrictions.
A spokeswoman for
The administration isn’t considering tightening rules on what type of test is required for entry to the U.S. The administration has only imposed requirements for rapid antigen tests, which may be less effective at detecting cases of the omicron variant.
Earlier Tuesday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention director,
“As we have done throughout the pandemic, CDC is evaluating how to make international travel as safe as possible,” she said on the call.
Asked Tuesday evening how long the most recent curbs would remain in place, Biden said, “Well, it depends. It’s going week to week to determine what the need and what the state of affairs is. We’re going to learn a lot more in the next couple of weeks” about the omicron variant.
(Updates with Walensky quote, in eighth paragraph. An earlier version corrected misspelling of omicron in headline and article.)
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