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Official guidance still to come on land border COVID-19 testing, CDC says

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  •   10-27-2021  11:09 am
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Official guidance still to come on land border COVID-19 testing, CDC says
It’s still possible that fully-vaccinated Canadians will need a negative COVID-19 test to enter the U.S. by land, the CDC has implied. (File photo)
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While previous White House statements have indicated that COVID-19 testing won’t be a requirement for Canadians looking to enter the United States by land when the border reopens on Nov. 8, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) isn’t ruling out anything just yet.   

It’s still quite possible that fully-vaccinated Canadians will need a recent negative COVID-19 test to enter the U.S. by land, Dr. Cindy Friedman, chief of the travellers' health branch of the CDC, suggested on Tuesday (Oct. 26).

The CDC, she said, is still looking to clarify the rules for land-border visitors, reports the Canadian Press.

The United States’ new international travel rules require all foreign nationals to be fully vaccinated.

READ MORE: Biden signs vaccine order for foreign travellers; tests required for children under 18

Air travellers, for one, must show proof of vaccination and proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken at least three days before departure.

The new U.S. policy will lift a travel ban on visitors from 33 countries, including most of Europe.

Vaccination will not be required for children under age 18 to travel to the U.S., but they will have to show proof of a negative coronavirus test before boarding a flight, White House officials said on Monday.

“With science and public health as our guide, the United States has developed a new international air travel system that both enhances the safety of Americans here at home and enhances the safety of international air travel,” the White House said in a statement. 

Dr. Friedman said Customs and Border Protection is set to make announcement in the next few days on whether travellers crossing land borders will need to show a negative test to enter the U.S, reports the Canadian Press.


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