If you’re among the millions of people who tested positive for the coronavirus during the omicron surge, you might be feeling confident about traveling as soon as you have recovered. But how soon after an infection is too soon? Especially since it’s possible to test positive long after you have stopped being contagious. With a recent infection behind you, will you still need to follow the same international testing rules for travel?
Anyone flying into the United States is required to test negative for the coronavirus within one day of traveling back into the country. But people who have recovered from the virus in the past 90 days can bypass that testing requirement, with the right documentation.
So what should that ever-expanding group of people do? Victor Tarsia, a co-founder of the telemedicine service MDAnywhere and an urgent-care physician, is hearing that question a lot. The company offers online doctor visits and evaluations to provide clearance to travel when patients have met the criteria.
“It’s exploded in the last month or two,” Tarsia said. “We’ve been seeing a lot of people.”
Most of them, he said, have recently recovered and are preparing for upcoming trips. This is what people in that situation need to know, based on guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.