The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has updated its guidance and widened the kind of tests it will accept for international travelers looking to enter the country. On 7 May 2021, it was said by the CDC that it’d updated its guidance to accept at-home COVID-19 tests for international travel to the U.S. As per the update, all travelers coming from outside the U.S. will be able to provide negative Covid test report taken at home.
Since 26 January 2021, all travelers who want to come to the U.S. from abroad have been required to have proof negative Covid test taken no more than 72 hours before scheduled departure. Both rapid antigen tests and a gold-standard PCR test has been accepted as valid. Those taken at home were not sufficient, said CDC. But now, travelers can take a self-administered Covid test at home. The particular specification still they have to meet. Home tests have to be a SARS-CoV-2 viral test with Emergency Use Authorization from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
The home test must be completed using a “telehealth service affiliated with the manufacturer of the test that provides real-time supervision remotely through an audio and video connection.” Traveler performs the test the health authority must see to certify it was taken correctly and the results are accurate. The telehealth service provider must confirm the results and the person’s identity. Then a report has to be issued by them that meets the CDC’s order. The travel provider must match the traveler’s identity and review and confirm the test result.
This is good for the traveler who might find it challenging to find a Covid test center in a foreign country. The option to take a test at home will allow travelers to pack a test kid in their bag and take it before traveling to the U.S. In facilitating the international travel process, this is an encouraging step while prioritizing the traveler’s safety.