Travelers on international flights into the US face a slew of new restrictions, some of which came into effect this week in accordance with executive orders from President Joe Biden.
The measures include CDC requirements for international travelers to present a negative COVID-19 test before arrival in the US, as of Jan. 26— a rule Canada implemented last December and has been reportedly leaving some travelers with limited options to board their flights. Upon landing in Canada, there is a mandatory 14-day quarantine, as opposed to the US quarantine period which was shortened to 10 days by the CDC in December.
President Biden also overturned the lifting of some restrictions by the previous administration on Brazil, the United Kingdom, Ireland and 26 countries in Europe allowing open border traveling, reported Reuters, with the addition of South Africa to the list due to the new variation of the virus that has emerged there.
Both the US and Canada are warning against unnecessary or non-essential travel at this time, indicating that those who choose to do so could be stranded without a way to return home. “The Department of State is committed to helping U.S. citizens overseas who find themselves in dire situations, but that assistance is likely to be limited,” said the Bureau of Consular Affairs Acting Assistant Secretary Ian Brownlee told The New York Times. “Our goal is to help people avoid those dire straits in the first place.”