When to test for US

by RalphMalph, Tuesday, January 11, 2022, 08:31 (173 days ago)

So the US rule says you need to test 1 calendar day before travel. We are on a 4:15 Alaska Airlines flight to LA. Does anyone know what “1 calendar day before” means? Does it have to be less than 24 hours before we leave, meaning taken after 4:15 the day before, or does it mean any time the day before?

The testing at our hotel stops at 5 pm and there’s always a line, so that would give us a pretty narrow window for testing. I don’t want to test too early and get turned away at the airport.

When to test for US

by CaraKatz, Tuesday, January 11, 2022, 08:40 (173 days ago) @ RalphMalph

Hi! We are flying with Sun Country and this is their statement:

“COVID-19 Testing Requirements: All travelers, two years of age and older, must provide a negative COVID-19 viral test result (NAAT: RT-PCR, RT-LAMP, TMA, NEAR, HDA, or Antigen: Rapid) that has been taken no longer than one (1) day prior to departure to the U.S., regardless of vaccination status. EXAMPLE: If your flight is at 1pm on a Friday, you could board with a negative test that was taken any time on the prior Thursday. VACCINATED NON-US or NON-US IMMIGRANTS are required to be fully vaccinated and provide proof of vaccination against COVID-19 prior to boarding a flight to the U.S. Additionally, travelers entering the U.S., must also provide a negative viral test result taken within one (1) day of their flight to the U.S. prior to boarding. UNVACCINATED NON-US CITIZENS or NON-US IMMIGRANTS will not be allowed to board a flight to the U.S. unless the traveler meets the criteria for an exemption in accordance with the Proclamation and CDC order. For detailed information regarding exceptions, testing for children, accepted COVID-19 vaccines, and FAQs, please visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website. The information provided below is for reference only and is subject to change.“

Based on the above, any time the prior day would be appropriate. If anyone has any additional information or feels that my assumption is not correct, please let me know.

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by Fuceneh @, Tuesday, January 11, 2022, 08:47 (173 days ago) @ CaraKatz

Curious to know what would happen with the many flight delays/cancellations if the required test (Anti-gen or PCR )ends up falling outside the testing timeline? Will you be denied boarding or entry? Has anyone experienced this?

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by Timmac @, Steilacoom, WA, Tuesday, January 11, 2022, 09:08 (173 days ago) @ Fuceneh

Any time the previous day is OK. Jack in Baltimore in the post below, is correct in the grace period for delayed/canceled flights.

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by Fuceneh @, Tuesday, January 11, 2022, 09:40 (173 days ago) @ Timmac

That could be troublesome for a PCR test when the results take a minimum 48hrs....Something to consider for sure.

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by BL @, Tuesday, January 11, 2022, 11:09 (173 days ago) @ Fuceneh

That could be troublesome for a PCR test when the results take a minimum 48hrs....Something to consider for sure.

USA does not require PCR

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by Jack from Baltimore, Tuesday, January 11, 2022, 11:41 (173 days ago) @ Fuceneh

If the first flight in your trip is delayed past the 1-day limit of testing due to a situation outside of your control (e.g., delays because of severe weather or aircraft mechanical problem), and that delay is 24 hours or less past the 1-day limit for testing, you do not need to be retested. If the delay is more than 24 hours past the 1- day limit, then you will need to be retested.
If a connecting flight in your trip is delayed past the 1-day limit of testing due to a situation outside of your control (e.g., delays because of severe weather or aircraft mechanical problem), and that delay is less than 48 hours past the 1-day limit for testing, you do not need to be retested. If the delay is more than 48 hours past the 1-day limit, then you will need to be retested.

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by Fuceneh @, Tuesday, January 11, 2022, 12:26 (173 days ago) @ Jack from Baltimore

Good to know Jack. Thanks for the information. I will actually need the PCR so I wonder how that all works. Could be a real pain given the predicament the airlines are in.

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by Ironwood @, Tuesday, January 11, 2022, 18:29 (173 days ago) @ Fuceneh

Good to know Jack. Thanks for the information. I will actually need the PCR so I wonder how that all works. Could be a real pain given the predicament the airlines are in.

You've summed-up the reason many of us Canadians are reluctant to book anything.

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by Timmac @, Steilacoom, WA, Tuesday, January 11, 2022, 12:31 (173 days ago) @ Jack from Baltimore

Jack, I’d appreciate it if you posted the source for this information. Thanks.

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by el vagabundo @, Tuesday, January 11, 2022, 19:49 (173 days ago) @ Timmac

In the link below, scroll down and near the end I believe it reads as Jack posted. It also addresses what Canada will do in regard to the PCR test and flight delays.

https://www.westjet.com/en-ca/prepare/covid/testing

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by Fuceneh @, Tuesday, January 11, 2022, 21:17 (173 days ago) @ el vagabundo

:jam: Thankyou for that. Not quite the same as the Canadian government website that omits the ORIGINAL scheduled flight but I like it. Hopefully AeroMexico and the Border control has the same interpretation.February’s trip is looking maybe possibly possible.

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by Timmac @, Steilacoom, WA, Tuesday, January 11, 2022, 22:51 (173 days ago) @ Fuceneh

That’s exactly what says. I have confirmed this tonight on the CDC site so it should work for an additional 24 for canceled or delayed fights. Past that time frame you’d need to retest.

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by midalake @, Tuesday, January 11, 2022, 22:49 (173 days ago) @ RalphMalph

So the US rule says you need to test 1 calendar day before travel. We are on a 4:15 Alaska Airlines flight to LA. Does anyone know what “1 calendar day before” means? Does it have to be less than 24 hours before we leave, meaning taken after 4:15 the day before, or does it mean any time the day before?

The testing at our hotel stops at 5 pm and there’s always a line, so that would give us a pretty narrow window for testing. I don’t want to test too early and get turned away at the airport.

Ralph,

For the USA. It is one day in advance, NOT 24hours. PERIOD!

Do not listen to anyone else!

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by midalake @, Tuesday, January 11, 2022, 22:59 (173 days ago) @ RalphMalph

So the US rule says you need to test 1 calendar day before travel. We are on a 4:15 Alaska Airlines flight to LA. Does anyone know what “1 calendar day before” means? Does it have to be less than 24 hours before we leave, meaning taken after 4:15 the day before, or does it mean any time the day before?

The testing at our hotel stops at 5 pm and there’s always a line, so that would give us a pretty narrow window for testing. I don’t want to test too early and get turned away at the airport.

Just an example for all the math whiz's here. I took my test at 11am on a Thursday and exited the country at 7:30pm on a Friday. A-OK