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Travel: Americans can get free at-home COVID-19 tests soon — but will they work for travel?

Here are the places that dropped COVID-19 restrictions over the past few weeks: A country-by-country guide

  Here are the places that dropped COVID-19 restrictions over the past few weeks: A country-by-country guide Each week, it seems that more and more countries are taking steps to incentivize tourists to come back as easily as possible, and 15 countries on seven continents have reduced requirements to varying degrees this month alone. It can be hard to keep up with the ever-changing requirements each day, so we’ve compiled the latest …It can be hard to keep up with the ever-changing requirements each day, so we’ve compiled the latest country reopening news from the past couple of weeks, all in one place for your convenience.

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Although Americans will have access to order free at-home rapid COVID-19 tests thanks to the recent purchase of 500 million tests by the Biden administration, whether they can be used for international travel depends on the country.

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Beginning Jan. 19, Americans will be able to order up to four tests per household online at COVIDTests.gov, with expected ship dates within one week to 12 days of ordering, White House officials announced on Jan. 14.

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Tests will be mailed directly to homes.

“There will be free tests available for every household, and to promote broad access, the initial program will allow four free tests to be requested per residential address,” President Biden said in a press conference Friday, while noting the more than 20,000 free testing sites across the nation.

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Per a White House spokesperson, all of the Biden administration-issued tests are authorized by the Food and Drug Administration, but whether they are suitable for use for international travel depends on the country.

Here are the latest places that have dropped COVID-19 restrictions: A country-by-country guide

  Here are the latest places that have dropped COVID-19 restrictions: A country-by-country guide Editor’s note: This story is continually updated Each week, it seems that more and more countries are taking steps to incentivize tourists to come back as easily as possible, and roughly 20 destinations have reduced requirements to varying degrees in March alone. It can be hard to keep up with the ever-changing requirements each day, …Each week, it seems that more and more countries are taking steps to incentivize tourists to come back as easily as possible, and roughly 20 destinations have reduced requirements to varying degrees in March alone.

The United States, for example, requires all air passengers age 2 and older to show proof of a negative COVID-19 viral test taken within one day of departure for the U.S.

Per guidance issued by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, this test can either be a PCR or antigen test. Thus, the at-home tests issued by the Biden administration starting next week should be accepted for travel to the U.S., along with Abbott’s BinaxNow COVID-19 Home Test and Ellume’s COVID-19 Home Test, both of which were previously approved by the CDC, which did not respond to a request for comment for this article.

Note that most at-home tests are antigen tests and not widely accepted abroad, though at-home tests in which your test is administered by a proctor virtually are more likely to suffice.

Be sure to consult any entry and exit rules as they pertain to COVID-19 for specific countries, outlined by the U.S. Embassy and other government officials.

International travel with no restrictions: A country-by-country guide to where you can travel with no COVID-19 test required

  International travel with no restrictions: A country-by-country guide to where you can travel with no COVID-19 test required Editor’s note: This is a continually updated story. Coronavirus-related restrictions are falling right and left, and more and more countries are throwing open their doors again to visitors thanks to decreasing COVID-19 case numbers and increasing vaccination rates. In fact, many countries no longer require a COVID-19 test for entry, regardless of vaccination status, while …Coronavirus-related restrictions are falling right and left, and more and more countries are throwing open their doors again to visitors thanks to decreasing COVID-19 case numbers and increasing vaccination rates.

Read more: Your guide to at-home COVID-19 tests for international travel

Featured photo of President Joe Biden on Jan. 14, 2022, by Ken Cedeno/UPI/Bloomberg/Getty Images.

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