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U.S. to require negative COVID-19 tests for international air passengers

Posted By: MIDiver

U.S. to require negative COVID-19 tests for international air passengers - 01/13/2021 12:17 AM

Well here we go.....tests for all before departure to US.....picked up in WSJ and USA Today as well.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-...jTEOG9dU6hJX8Wg32v6IEZYeuNinniwfRzokCE5A
Posted By: Riverfrontbrewer

Re: U.S. to require negative COVID-19 tests for international air passengers - 01/13/2021 12:30 AM

About time we catch up?
Posted By: WillM

Re: U.S. to require negative COVID-19 tests for international air passengers - 01/13/2021 12:34 AM

Just booked BVI trip yesterday. Sounds like we have to figure out how to get a 3rd test done while in BVIs.

(Ugh, if I would have waited one more day I would not have booked)

hopefully I am overreacting a bit. Will wait for details
Posted By: MIDiver

Re: U.S. to require negative COVID-19 tests for international air passengers - 01/13/2021 12:46 AM

Here is the official CDC announcement:https://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2021/s0112-negative-covid-19-air-passengers.html

Not much clarity.
Posted By: macaroni

Re: U.S. to require negative COVID-19 tests for international air passengers - 01/13/2021 12:01 PM

Didn't I read here that part of the entire testing and quarantine included an appointment to get tested before leaving? I thought someone said that the Government sets up the appointment for you when your 4 day test results are back???
Posted By: JasonHelmbrecht

Re: U.S. to require negative COVID-19 tests for international air passengers - 01/13/2021 12:46 PM

Originally Posted by WillM
Just booked BVI trip yesterday. Sounds like we have to figure out how to get a 3rd test done while in BVIs.

(Ugh, if I would have waited one more day I would not have booked)

hopefully I am overreacting a bit. Will wait for details

It's not at all difficult to plan the 3rd test. If you're stay is 7 days, you can use your day 4 test as your return test. If it's longer, there is a form to fill out and email to the government. Based on your return travel date, they will schedule and appointment for you. It's a $70 test fee and they will email the results back to you in about 24 hours. We had some guests just do it and said the testing process was only about 15 minutes.
Posted By: WillM

Re: U.S. to require negative COVID-19 tests for international air passengers - 01/13/2021 05:22 PM

Thanks Jason

We are going to be down for 11 days. Our boat is in the Virgin Charter fleet. I already emailed Virgin and they will assist with scheduling the test for us on day 8 to get back into the US.

Cup half full here - but, we hopefully will be free to move about the county on Day 4. I will run out of either vodka or beer on day 8, so will be time to re-provision again. So, we will just come back into Nanny (that is only inconvenience as it will be out of the way of our travel pattern), re-provision and get the test.

I could be possible to test at other locations that are not out of the way, but that is TBD. At least at Nanny I can load up water, provisions and get tested - theoretically - at the same time!!

@OceanSong - Unfortunately I agree. I am already looking forward to 2022. Owning a PC in BVI this year will not be profitable (understatement).

BTW - born and raised in Smithfield, NC!! Yeah, I am a long way from home!
Posted By: MrEZgoin

Re: U.S. to require negative COVID-19 tests for international air passengers - 01/13/2021 05:27 PM

I know things are always changing, but when we were there recently you could only get the $70 optional covid test at Peebles.
At that time they would not email the result so we had to put together an extremely complicated process (involving Moorings office, taxi driver, draft and sign authorization forms and variously photograph, print and email of documents). It worked but what a PITA that was.

We are hoping to go again next month and specifically were looking to fly through SJU to avoid this. Doesn't look like we'll get out of it anymore.
Posted By: CaptainJay

Re: U.S. to require negative COVID-19 tests for international air passengers - 01/13/2021 08:39 PM

You will not need it departing from the USVI.

https://www.cdc.gov/quarantine/pdf/...O6Bt0TsCALfjql4D8hULoOmElreTIIrbBWdKF5r8
Posted By: tradewinds

Re: U.S. to require negative COVID-19 tests for international air passengers - 01/13/2021 08:54 PM

Thanks, Jay. I was gonna ask that question.
Posted By: sleepychef

Re: U.S. to require negative COVID-19 tests for international air passengers - 01/13/2021 09:36 PM

but you need a test to enter the USVI from the BVI
Posted By: tpcook

Re: U.S. to require negative COVID-19 tests for international air passengers - 01/14/2021 03:11 PM

Test available on VG I believe the test to enter the USVI needs to be 3 days before travel Max
Posted By: WillM

Re: U.S. to require negative COVID-19 tests for international air passengers - 01/14/2021 04:52 PM

Originally Posted by tpcook
Test available on VG I believe the test to enter the USVI needs to be 3 days before travel Max


That is my understanding as well

we are going from 2/11 to 2/22
Test 1 2/6 - Prior to Departure (5 days)
Test 2 on 2/11 - arrival
Test 3 on 2/15 - Day 4
Test 4 on 219 - Day 8 (3 days prior)
Day 11 - Departure
Posted By: cwoody

Re: U.S. to require negative COVID-19 tests for international air passengers - 01/14/2021 05:05 PM

Posted this back in December.....

I'll be booking my flight when BVI updated and revised legislations is as follows:

1. travel 2 weeks after you are vaccinated
2. negative covid test before travel. (Maybe!)
3. on arrival, proof of vaccination and negative test required.
4. free to move about the country w/o quarantine or addition testing.

Oh and NO EXCLUSION ZONE!
Posted By: JasonHelmbrecht

Re: U.S. to require negative COVID-19 tests for international air passengers - 01/14/2021 05:33 PM

Originally Posted by cwoody
Posted this back in December.....

I'll be booking my flight when BVI updated and revised legislations is as follows:

1. travel 2 weeks after you are vaccinated
2. negative covid test before travel. (Maybe!)
3. on arrival, proof of vaccination and negative test required.
4. free to move about the country w/o quarantine or addition testing.

Oh and NO EXCLUSION ZONE!

And what about requirements to return to the US? Or are they exempt from your rules and allowed to protect their population?
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