Which COVID-19 Test Do You Need? Find out the Differences Between Them Before Your Next Trip

As testing for COVID-19 has become a regular part of everyday life, especially when it comes to traveling, making sure you get the correct test is of the utmost importance.

When faced with the need to get a COVID-19 test, it’s important to know that not every test is created equal, with different levels of accuracy as well as the time it takes to get results back. Some countries will only accept RT-PCR tests — considered the most accurate — while others will accept proof in any form of negative test to enter. All viral tests detect a current infection and are most accurate when “the person is tested when viral load is generally highest,” the CDC explains.

Many states and countries mandate travelers get tested before and after a trip, while some places require testing to attend things like sports games or a concert. And while the Centers for

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Visitors to Kauai Can Test Out of Quarantine Starting Next Month


The Hawaiian island of Kauai will rejoin the Aloha State’s Safe Travels program next month after temporarily opting out of the policy, which allows visitors to skip the mandatory quarantine if they test negative for COVID-19 prior to arrival.

Travelers to Kauai will once again be allowed to roam the island in search of waterfalls and coral reefs when the island rejoins the program on April 5, Hawaii’s Gov. David Ige confirmed on Friday. The statewide testing program was first launched in October and requires visitors to get tested at a Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA) certified laboratory.

In December, Kauai temporarily opted out due to increasing COVID-19 cases before instituting a “resort bubble” system that would allow travelers to avoid quarantine if they tested negative before coming, stayed at an approved property, and tested negative for a second time more than 72 hours after arriving.

“The increased restrictions

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No Changes To Chicago’s Emergency Travel Order; Negative COVID Test Or Quarantine Required Upon Arrival From All States Except Hawaii

CHICAGO (CBS) — Travelers coming to Chicago from anywhere in the U.S. except Hawaii remain subject to the city’s COVID-19 restrictions, meaning they either must test negative for the virus before arriving or quarantine for 10 days once they get here.


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The city did not make any changes to its “emergency travel order” this week, meaning 48 states and two territories (Puerto Rico and Washington, D.C.) are still in the “orange” category, meaning travelers headed to Chicago from those locations must either obtain a negative coronavirus test no more than 72 hours before arrival in Chicago or quarantine for 10 days when they arrive.

Only Hawaii is listed in the “yellow” travel category, meaning travelers from that state face no test or quarantine mandate, but must still follow social distancing and masking requirements while in Chicago.

The city’s travel order applies to both Chicago residents returning home from

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Local travel agents see decrease in travel interest after new COVID-19 test regulations

HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) – Anyone traveling by air into the U.S. now needs to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test within the previous 3 days.

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New CDC Travel rules

Beginning Jan. 26, the CDC required travelers to show their negative result to the airline before they board their flight, or be prepared to show documentation of recovery, like proof of a recent positive viral test and a letter from your healthcare provider or a public health official stating that you were cleared to travel.


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Once you return home, the CDC recommends getting tested 3 to 5 days after travel and stay home for 7 days. Even if you test negative, they suggest staying home for the full 7 days.

“With the vaccines rolling out, AAA really is seeing a little bit of an uptick in people who are starting to dream…

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