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12/2/2021: New Federal Restrictions for International Travel

On December 2, 2021, President Biden announced new international travel restrictions following the emergence of the COVID-19 Omicron variant. The announcement is part of the Administration’s plan, "New Actions to Protect Americans Against the Delta and Omicron Variants as We Battle COVID-⁠19 this Winter." The plan addresses a number of domestic and foreign efforts to combat the spread of the virus that causes COVID-19. 

President Biden’s Travel Restrictions

The new travel restrictions became effective on December 6, 2021. The travel restrictions applies to all travelers 2 years old and older, and requires international travelers to test for COVID-19 within one (1) day of their departure from a foreign country.

Additionally, through March 18, all travelers must wear face coverings during travel and while in transportation hubs.

CDC Travel Recommendations

The new restrictions do not require testing or quarantine after returning from international travel. However, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) still recommends that unvaccinated individuals self-quarantine for seven (7) days after returning from international travel. It also recommends that all international travelers test for COVID-19 within 3-5 days of returning, regardless of vaccination status. The CDC further recommends that unvaccinated individuals test for COVID-19 1-3 days before departure. The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) also recommends that travelers follow CDC guidelines. 

Update 12/8/2021: The district will not require proof of testing prior to returning to work from international travel. 

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