HEALTH ALERT – U.S. Embassy Tegucigalpa, Honduras (January 26, 2021)
EVENT: Negative COVID-19 Test Required for Travel to the United States Beginning January 26
The U.S. Department of State and U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) remind all travelers that beginning today, January 26, all air passengers two years of age or older arriving to the United States must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test. This order applies to both foreign nationals and U.S. citizens. For more information about the testing requirement, visit: Requirement for Proof of Negative COVID-19 Test or Recovery from COVID-19 for All Air Passengers Arriving in the United States | CDC.
Those that must travel abroad following the implementation of this order should carefully consider the following:
- You could have difficulty accessing a test. Testing availability and turnaround times vary widely around the world. Check the U.S. Embassy website for your planned destination(s) for information about testing options.
- You could test positive and have to stay abroad longer than planned. Many individuals infected with the virus that causes COVID-19 are asymptomatic and unaware they carry the virus.
- You could have difficulty accessing or financing medical care. Travelers should be aware that the availability and quality of healthcare varies around the world, and that private health insurance may not cover expenses incurred abroad.
The Department and the CDC continue to strongly recommend U.S. citizens reconsider travel abroad and postpone all non-essential travel. If you must travel overseas, you should review the entire State Department Travel Advisory for your destination(s) on travel.state.gov and enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (http://step.state.gov) to receive important updates from the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate. You should obtain travel insurance that will cover medical evacuation, including for COVID-19, to the United States, in the event you become seriously ill. We also urge those contemplating travel abroad to review CDC’s country-specific travel recommendations and their overall guidance during the COVID-19 pandemic, available at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/index.html U.S. citizens abroad should also closely monitor guidance from local public health and immigration authorities at their location.
For additional information on COVID-19 please:
- Consult the CDC website for the most up-to-date information.
- For the most recent information on what you can do to reduce your risk of contracting COVID-19 please see the CDC’s latest recommendations.
- Visit the COVID-19 crisis page on travel.state.gov for the latest information.
- Visit the Department of Homeland Security’s website on the latest travel restrictions to the United States and check with your airline regarding any updated information about your travel plans.
- Visit the Internal Revenue Service’s website for information on the Economic Impact Payment.
- Visit the U.S. Embassy’s COVID-19 page.
- Monitor local news for updates.
Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security updates.
For information on Non-Immigrant visas please contact the Non Immigrant Visa Unit.
For information on Immigrant visas please contact the Immigrant Visa Unit.