SM: International travelers coming to the United States from anywhere in the world including American citizens will have to present proof of a negative covid test taken within 24 hours of their departure.
U.S. President Joe Biden made the announcement on Thursday, December 2 amid growing concerns around the new Omicron variant.
The president said Americans should be prepared for a rise in coronavirus cases over the winter, but maintained it should simply be a cause for concern rather than panic.
The U.S. announcement comes just days after Canada announced that U.S. travellers were exempt from the new travel measures. Currently, fully vaccinated air travellers from all countries except the U.S. must get tested upon arrival at a Canadian airport. They will need to go into quarantine until their test comes back negative.
Canada’s health minister, Jean-Yves Duclos, said the government would meet with the provinces to discuss measures with the U.S. So far, there have been no further developments made public since November 30.