PRUEBA DE PCR NEGATIVA PARA COVID 19, REQUISITO PARA VIAJAR A ESTADOS UNIDOS



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Por: AmCham Colombia

A partir del 26 de enero de 2021, todos los viajeros internacionales hacia Estados Unidos, residentes legales o ciudadanos estadounidenses ingresado a EE.UU. deberán presentar esta prueba al momento de abordar los vuelos hacia ese país.

Bogotá, 22 de enero de 2021 (AmCham Colombia).- Por considerarlo de gran interés para los afiliados de AmCham Colombia, compartimos la información oficial de la Embajada de Estados Unidos en Colombia en relación con el requerimiento de una prueba PCR negativa para Covid 19 para abordar los vuelos a Estados Unidos y que se exigirá a partir del próximo martes 26 de enero de 2021.

De acuerdo con la orden del Centro para la Prevención y Control de Enfermedades de Estados Unidos, CDC por sus siglas en inglés, esta prueba PCR debe haber sido tomada máximo 3 días antes del viaje a Estados Unidos y serán las aerolíneas las encargadas de verificar este requerimiento.

De acuerdo con la información del CDC y la Embajada de Estados Unidos en Colombia, algunos estados o autoridades locales en ese país podrían tener medidas complementarias o más restrictivas para los viajeros internacionales por lo que se recomienda a quienes tienen planes de viajar revisar los requerimientos específicos de sus lugares de destino. Esa información local se puede consultar aquí: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/travel-planner/index.html

El siguiente es el mensaje publicado en la web de la Embajada de Estados Unidos en Colombia y que también se puede consultar aquí https://co.usembassy.gov/health-alert-covid-19-testing-requirement-for-air-travel/



COVID-19 Testing Requirement for Air Travel

The U.S. Embassy continues to monitor the rapidly changing conditions due to COVID-19 in Colombia and in other locations worldwide. The most current information regarding the impact of COVID-19 may be found at our COVID Information Page (https://co.usembassy.gov/covid-19-information/).

COVID-19 Testing Requirement for Air Travel

Effective January 26, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will require all air passengers entering the United States (including U.S. citizens and Lawful Permanent Residents) to present a negative COVID-19 test, taken within three calendar days of departure, or proof of recovery from the virus within the last 90 days.  Airlines must confirm the negative test result or proof of recent recovery for all passengers prior to boarding and must deny boarding of passengers who do not provide documentation of a negative test or recovery.

Please see CDC’s FAQ (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/testing-international-air-travelers.html)  and the Embassy’s COVID Information Page (https://co.usembassy.gov/covid-19-information/)  for more information on the new requirement. If you are planning to return to the United States, contact your airline for specific information about testing requirements for travelers.  Because airlines may adopt and modify their own specific policies to implement CDC’s new rule, you should contact the carrier for your U.S.-bound flight and not rely on information from other carriers or information or experience from previous trips.



Testing Resources

The Colombian Health Ministry maintains a list of facilities that provide COVID-19 tests here (https://covid19.minsalud.gov.co/). Many local hospitals, clinics, and laboratories offer private testing for travel purposes.  Travelers are responsible for the costs of their own tests and any associated medical care.  Please ensure that the test provider you choose will provide test results that comply with CDC guidelines and those of your airline.

Travelers visiting Colombia should contact their tour provider or hotel for more information on local testing options.  The U.S. Embassy is not able to administer or pay for COVID-19 tests.  Potential travelers should carefully consider that availability of tests and timeliness of results cannot be guaranteed.



Further Information

Consult the CDC website for the most up-to-date information. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html

Review the CDC’s latest recommendations on reducing your risk of contagion. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/prevention.html?CDC_AA_refVal=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.cdc.gov%2Fcoronavirus%2F2019-ncov%2Fprepare%2Fprevention.html

Review the State Department’s guidance on travel during the COVID-19 pandemic. https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/ea/covid-19-information.html

Visit our Embassy webpage on COVID-19 for information on conditions in Colombia. https://co.usembassy.gov/covid-19-information/

Assistance:

U.S. Embassy Bogota, Colombia

Tel. +57-1-275-2000

acsbogota@state.gov

https://co.usembassy.gov/

U.S. Consular Agency, Barranquilla

conagencybarranquilla@state.gov

U.S. Department of State – Consular Affairs

1-888-407-4747 or 1-202-501-4444

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