The Biden administration is tightening its travel requirements for all in-bound travelers to the US including fully vaccinated people.
The new protocol which is set to begin Monday, will require all international travelers to show proof of negative Covid-19 test within 24 hours of departing, regardless of vaccination status or citizenship status, FOX News reported.
Previously, vaccinated passengers are required to show proof of negative Covid-19 test within 72 hours of travelling, while unvaccinated passengers had to show a proof of negative Covid-19 test within 24 hours of departure.
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The new restrictions come as the US on Wednesday detected its first case of the new Covid-19 Omicron variant in Northern California. A second case was also confirmed on Thursday in a Minnesota resident who returned from a convention in New York City recently.
The new travel protocol is part of a larger plan of the Biden administration to combat the spread Covid-19 in the country.
Last week Friday, the US President, imposed travel restriction on eight African countries including South Africa, over fear of the new variant, despite condemning such actions while he was running for president.
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