U.S. Tightening Testing Protocols
Early next week, the United States will tighten pre-departure testing protocols by requiring all inbound international travellers to test within one day of departure globally, regardless of nationality or vaccination status.
In making the announcement, the Biden Administration indicated that the tighter testing timeline provides an added degree of public health protection as scientists continue to assess the Omicron variant.
As well, the Biden Administration will continue to require masking during international or other public travel – as well as in transportation hubs such as airports or indoor bus terminals – through March 18 as U.S. continues to battle COVID-19 this winter.
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) will extend its implementing orders to maintain these requirements through March 18.
Fines will continue to be doubled from their initial levels for noncompliance with the masking requirements – with a minimum fine of $500 and fines of up to $3,000 for repeat offenders.