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One Day COVID Test Required to Enter United States
December 5, 2021

COVID-19 Testing Within One Day to Enter United States

On December 6, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will implement a one-day COVID-19 testing requirement for travelers over age two coming to the United States.  Regardless of vaccination status or nationality, any individual coming to the United States must show a negative pre-departure COVID-19 viral test taken the day before they board their flight to the United States.  For example, a passenger whose flight to the United States is at any time on a Sunday would need to have a negative test taken at any time on Saturday. You must show your negative result to the airline before you board your flight.


If you recently recovered from COVID-19, you may instead travel with documentation of recovery from COVID-19 (i.e., your positive COVID-19 viral test result on a sample taken no more than 90 days before the flight’s departure from a foreign country, and a letter from a licensed healthcare provider or a public health official stating that you were cleared to travel).


These requirements are for all air passengers two years of age or older boarding a flight from a foreign country to the United States.


Actions to Take:

  • Consult the CDC website for the most up-to-date information.
  • For information on what you can do to reduce your risk of contracting COVID-19, please see the CDC’s latest recommendations.
  • Check COVID-19 Country Specific Information pages for updated information on COVID-19 related to the availability of testing.
  • Check with your airlines, cruise lines, or travel operators regarding any updated information about your travel plans and/or restrictions, including potential COVID vaccine or testing requirements for countries you are transiting through.
  • Visit the U.S. Embassy Doha webpage on COVID-19 for information on conditions in Qatar.
  • Visit the Department of Homeland Security’s website on the latest travel restrictions and guidance to the United States.
  • Visit Department of State’s website to view individual Travel Advisories for the most urgent threats to safety and security.
  • Click here for our travel to the U.S. Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).


U.S. Embassy Doha: +974-4496-6000 or ACSdoha@state.gov

State Department – Consular Affairs: 888-407-4747 or 202-501-4444