International travelers must get Covid-19 test within twenty-four hours of flight

NOW: International travelers must get Covid-19 test within twenty-four hours of flight

SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- The CDC has announced that for those looking to travel internationally, they'll have to produce a negative Covid test just twenty-four hours before their flight, shortening the previous deadline by forty-eight hours. 

All to help prevent the spread of the Omicron variant.

Travel agent Michele Boyd, with Signal Travel & Tours, says that while the new window to get tested is tighter, there are several options for travelers who need to get tested.

Major airports are offering Covid tests for international travelers.

“Home testing is usually not allowed because there are different kinds of tests," she said. "Don’t count on that being allowed as proof that you don’t have Covid.”

“Most of the hotels and tour operators have come to the rescue and have had relationships built during the past months so that tests can be obtained within the twenty-four hour period because they do want travelers," said Boyd.

"There’s so many places to get information and there’s a lot of misinformation," she said. "Don’t take what your neighbor tells you he did, because it may not apply to your particular trip. Even though you’re going to the same destination-- the days are different, the dates of travel are different, and the rules may have changed.”

“Everything is evolving: the new rules today might not apply tomorrow,” Boyd said.

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