Effective 12/6: One-day testing requirement for all travelers entering the U.S. in response to the Omicron variant
Information as of 2:00JST,December 4th,2021.
In response to concerns about the new COVID-19 Omicron variant, the United States is requiring all international air travelers ages two or older (regardless of nationality or vaccination status) entering the U.S. on flights departing on/after December 6, 2021 (12:01am Eastern time) to show a valid, negative COVID-19 viral test performed within one day of departure before your flight to the U.S. departs.
Prior to this change, fully vaccinated travelers could enter the U.S. by presenting proof of vaccination and a negative COVID-19 test result performed within 3 days before departure, but with the strengthening of testing requirements, the test must now be performed within 1 day. Testing requirements remain unchanged for non-vaccinated travelers.
If your itinerary has you arriving to the U.S. via one or more connecting flights, your test can be taken within 1 day before the departure of the first flight. As for this entry requirement, testing should take place within “1 day prior” to departure to be considered valid, not “24 hours prior”.
< Example >
When testing can occur prior to entering the U.S. for itineraries with connecting flights:
・1st flight : Osaka (can test within 1 day prior to departure) → Tokyo
・Connecting via Tokyo (OR can test within 1 day prior to departure) → Los Angeles
Testing can either take place within 1 day before the departure of the first flight (connecting flight) or the flight to the U.S.
Passengers who recently recovered from COVID-19 may instead travel with documentation of recovery from COVID-19 (i.e., your positive COVID-19 viral test result on a sample taken no more than 90 days before the flight’s departure from a foreign country and a letter from a licensed healthcare provider or a public health official stating that you were cleared to travel).
Please refer to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website to ensure you are fulfilling all other requirements.
Below is a summary based on the U.S. CDC announcement as of December 3, 2021:
- Non-U.S. citizen, Non-U.S. immigrants: Must be fully vaccinated to enter the U.S. Proof of vaccination and a negative COVID-19 test result taken no more than 1 day before departure to the U.S., along with the Attestation are still required.
- U.S. citizens, nationals, lawful permanent residents and immigrants:
[Not fully vaccinated] A negative COVID-19 test result taken no more than 1 day before departure to the U.S. must be presented.
[Fully vaccinated] Can enter the U.S. by presenting proof of vaccination and a negative COVID-19 test result taken no more than 1 day before departure to the U.S.
In both cases, the Attestation is still required.
Information provided through this notice is subject to change.
Please refer to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website for further details and updates to ensure you are fulfilling all other requirements.
December 3, 2021
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