Travelers Respond to Biden Administration’s New Travel Requirements – NBC 7 San Diego


The itinerary of your last day of vacation abroad is about to change to meet the new requirements of the Biden administration for international travel.

Regardless of their vaccination status or nationality, all passengers traveling abroad must take a COVID-19 test within one day of their flight.

Travelers have had a few days to process and prepare for these rule changes. People NBC 7 spoke to said that while it wouldn’t stop them from going on the trip, it would create a bit of a headache.

This is one more thing to prepare for your trip, starting December 6th. All passengers on flights to the United States must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test within one day of boarding a plane.

Brooke Chrisler had to do some tests before her honeymoon in Barbados, upon arrival and 72 hours before she left to return to the United States.

“Just to make sure you get that test back, the results come back quickly enough before your flight that you don’t miss it,” Chrisler said. “It wasn’t easy to get there so we had to go through a few hoops, you know with Covid going on.”

The current 72 hour testing window can already complicate matters.

On Sunday, Anton Thorbjornsson and Melissa Thormon must already be in London.

Instead, they wasted two days of their trip because their negative Covid tests did not have the correct time stamp.

“So we had to test again. Pay around $ 300 and we’re leaving today instead of yesterday, ”Thorbjornsson said.

They told NBC 7 they weren’t looking forward to the even shorter deadline on the way back to San Diego.

“If you pay the money, obviously you’ll get it faster. It’s all about the money at the end of the day, ”Thormon said.

Anand Ammundi returns to San Francisco.

Meanwhile, his wife is in India and has yet to find a faster test deadline.

“For once, I’m not the one making the decisions. She can’t blame me. She can blame Biden, ”Ammundi said.

Stricter rules were announced Thursday as the omicron variant landed in the United States

“It’s worth it if we can help keep people safe. I mean, yeah, it’s not fun to take the extra steps, but it’s not the end of the world, ”Chrisler said.

Some people might not be visiting different parts of the world right now, but every traveler we’ve met told NBC 7 that they’ll go the extra mile to get to their destination safely.


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