Orlando International Airport instates new US COVID-19 travel restrictions

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As international travelers head back into the US, the fear is the coronavirus and its omicron variant could travel with them. So starting Monday, people flying into the U.S. must show a negative COVID-19 test within one day of boarding. President Joe Biden announced the change last Thursday.

“It was a lot. Everybody we talk to said it was a lot of paperwork,” said traveler Nancy Fabish.But Fabish was on vacation in the Bahamas and unplugged. “You want to relax and just walk the beach and do whatever you want to do in Atlantis without going on email,” Fabish said.

She told WESH 2 that thankfully many resorts alerted guests immediately. But another traveler fresh from the Bahamas, Anthony Thompson, said not everyone got the news in time. “Yeah at the airport in line a lot of people didn’t know what it was, they had to get it explained,” Thompson said.

There’s some confusion too. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says travelers must get tested one day before their flight leaves, not exactly 24 hours before. The CDC explained if a passenger’s flight to the U.S. is on Sunday, that person can have a negative test taken any time on Saturday. But every international traveler we spoke to said they’re game to get tested any day.

That is, as long as they can come and go as they please. “I’m just going with the flow,” Thompson said. “They were happy they were in a hot tub,” Fabish said. The new rule does not apply to passengers with flights from a U.S. territory into a U.S. state.The CDC confirmed passengers can also show documentation that they tested positive for COVID-19 on a sample taken within the past 90 days and have been cleared to travel.

As international travelers head back into the US, the fear is the coronavirus and its omicron variant could travel with them.

So starting Monday, people flying into the U.S. must show a negative COVID-19 test within one day of boarding.

President Joe Biden announced the change last Thursday.

“It was a lot. Everybody we talk to said it was a lot of paperwork,” said traveler Nancy Fabish.

But Fabish was on vacation in the Bahamas and unplugged.

“You want to relax and just walk the beach and do whatever you want to do in Atlantis without going on email,” Fabish said.

She told WESH 2 that thankfully many resorts alerted guests immediately.

But another traveler fresh from the Bahamas, Anthony Thompson, said not everyone got the news in time.

“Yeah at the airport in line a lot of people didn’t know what it was, they had to get it explained,” Thompson said.

There’s some confusion too.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says travelers must get tested one day before their flight leaves, not exactly 24 hours before.

The CDC explained if a passenger’s flight to the U.S. is on Sunday, that person can have a negative test taken any time on Saturday.

But every international traveler we spoke to said they’re game to get tested any day. That is, as long as they can come and go as they please.

“I’m just going with the flow,” Thompson said.

“They were happy they were in a hot tub,” Fabish said.

The new rule does not apply to passengers with flights from a U.S. territory into a U.S. state.

The CDC confirmed passengers can also show documentation that they tested positive for COVID-19 on a sample taken within the past 90 days and have been cleared to travel.

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