Biden’s free home tests for Americans won’t work for travel: Here are the tests that work
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The free at-home Covid-19 tests expected to be administered to Americans by the Biden administration will not work for travel. While Americans should be able to take advantage of the free tests starting next week, those hoping to use them for travel purposes may be disappointed, with the likelihood that many destinations will not accept tests as part of their terms. of entry. – including the United States for those who wish to use them to return home.
Fortunately, there are several types of at-home tests that will be suitable for travel – although most will need to be proctored to be accepted. Here’s a look at why the free at-home tests won’t be accepted for travel when they roll out next week, and a look at the at-home tests Americans can use for travel purposes.
Home tests not accepted – Information for travelers
In order to enter or return to the United States from overseas travel, all travelers must now show proof of a negative Covid-19 viral test taken within a day of departing for the United States. These tests can be either rapid antigen tests (also called lateral flow tests) or PCR tests. However, travelers should note that not all such tests will be accepted by the United States – and that is certainly the case with home test kits due to be available next week.
Starting Jan. 19, Americans will be able to have four home tests delivered to their homes per address, with more than 400 million test kits expected to be available. Yet, although these are the same type of tests that can be used for travel, these test kits will not be able to be used as proof of a negative test before entering the United States or most other countries. of the world.
The reason they cannot be used is that they are self-tests, meaning they are not monitored by a medical professional. Some test kits require a consultation with a telehealth provider through a video call, which allows supervision – or monitoring – of the test to ensure that it is performed correctly and the resulting result is correct. . Once completed, a report confirming the identity, name of the laboratory or health facility, type of test and date of sample collection is produced. These tests are the types that are accepted for travel.
Since the free home tests which should be available from the 19th are not supervised by a medical professional, there is no way to verify that the test was carried out correctly or that the result was accurate, and no documentation is provided – meaning they cannot be accepted for travel purposes. This is also the case in the UK, where NHS test kits are also not accepted for travel for similar reasons.
Fortunately, there are several types of home tests that are accepted for travel purposes. These include:
- BinaxNOW COVID-19 Antigen Home Test – a trained telehealth professional will guide users through the test via video call and email test results
- Ellume COVID-19 home test with Azova – travelers take a 15-minute test with video observation, after which results are delivered via app or email
- Detect Covid-19 Test – travelers must also purchase a voucher for a video observation session which is accompanied by a certified report for the trip
Travelers should carefully check the entry requirements for their destinations to ensure that their test is accepted, and for any other requirements they may need to meet in order to gain entry.
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