Updated US COVID Testing Requirements

December 4th, 2021 by TTP_Admin

There has been a lot of information around the new Covid Testing Rules.  Much of the info on social media and in the news that is not accurate.  have provided the link to the complete set of requirements to enter both Jamaica and the United States.

Requirements to enter JamaicaJamaica Requirements

Requirements to enter United StatesUSA Requirements

Effective December 6th 2021 here are the requirements for entry to the United States:

All air passengers 2 years or older with a flight departing to the US from a foreign country at or after 12:01am EST (5:01am GMT) on December 6, 2021, are required show a negative COVID-19 viral test result taken no more than 1 day before travel, or documentation of having recovered from COVID-19 in the past 90 days, before they board their flight.


What if I have had a COVID-19 vaccine or have tested positive for antibodies, do I still need a negative test?  At this time all air passengers, 2 years or older, traveling to the US, regardless of vaccination or antibody status, are required to provide a negative COVID-19 viral test result or documentation of recovery unless exempted.

What types of SARS-VoV-2 test are acceptable under the Order? You must be tested with a viral test that could be either an antigen test or a nucleic acid amplification test (NAAT). Examples of available NAATs for SARS-CoV-2 include but are not restricted to reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR), reverse transcription loop-mediated isothermal amplification (RT-LAMP), transcription-mediated amplification (TMA), nicking enzyme amplification reaction (NEAR), and helicase-dependent amplification (HDA). The test used must be authorized for use by the relevant national authority for the detection of SARS-CoV-2 in the country where the test is administered. A viral test conducted for U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) personnel, including DOD contractors, dependents, and other U.S. government employees, and tested by a DOD laboratory located in a foreign country also meets the requirements of the Order.

Can I get a rapid test? Rapid tests are acceptable if they are a viral test that meet the requirements under the Order.

Does this Order apply to land border crossings or persons arriving at seaports? No, the requirements of this Order only apply to air travel into the U.S.

More FAQs can be found on the CDC Site

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