Test

COVID test for flights to US can now be a home test

It just got a little easier to fly to the U.S. 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Friday that home tests will now satisfy the COVID-19 test requirement for passengers boarding international flights to the U.S. 

The CDC announced in January that all passengers ages 2 and older must present a negative coronavirus test taken no more than three days before their flight or proof they recovered from the virus within the past three months. Those who don’t will be denied boarding.

In its updated FAQ about the requirement, the CDC said a home test must be

read more

CDC issues new cruise guidelines for volunteer test voyages

Passengers setting sail again out of the U.S. is on the horizon.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Wednesday issued new guidance for cruise operators to move toward resuming operations with guidelines for test voyages where travelers could volunteer before operators reopen for business. 

“With the issuance of these next two phases, cruise ship operators now have all the necessary requirements and recommendations they need to start simulated voyages before resuming restricted passenger voyages and apply for a COVID-19 conditional sailing certificate to begin sailing with restricted passenger voyages,” the CDC said on its website. 

The Centers for

read more

Minnesotans test positive for COVID-19 variant after Cancun vacation

After four Minnesotans have tested positive for the P.1 COVID-19 variant first identified in Brazil following trips to Cancun, the Minnesota Department of Health is urging travelers to get tested when they return home.

According to health leaders, the four recent cases of the P.1 variant followed visits to The Grand at Moon Palace in March. Officials say they are seeing more cases of travelers becoming ill and are urging anyone who travels — particularly international travelers — to get tested when they return.

read more

COVID test required upon arrival

Travelers visiting Maui, the second-most-popular vacation destination in Hawaii after Oahu, will soon have to take a second COVID-19 test to bypass the state’s mandatory quarantine.

The test, which will be free and conducted upon arrival at the airport, will begin as soon as the end of April, Maui Mayor Michael Victorino said at a news conference Wednesday.

“The post-arrival test will allow Maui County to determine if current safeguards are effective in preventing the introduction of new COVID cases, especially as new variants are being identified on the US mainland and around the world,” he said.

Travelers will be

read more

Vacation-Home Buyers Propped Up the Mortgage Market. Now They Face a Test.

The pandemic set in motion a furious scramble to buy vacation homes. Now, curbs on financing those purchases will test that market’s resilience.

The number of buyers who locked in mortgage rates for second homes in February was up 93% from a year earlier, far outpacing the 32% climb for primary residences, according to real-estate brokerage Redfin Corp.

But Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are putting up roadblocks. The two mortgage giants, whose government backing is crucial to holding down mortgage rates, earlier this year began to cap how many of these loans it purchases, at the direction of federal

read more

Covid-19: Pre-departure test extended to all passengers from next week

Arrivals from all countries – except Australia, Antarctica and most Pacific Islands – will be required to present evidence of a negative Covid-19 test from Monday.

Arrivals from all countries – except Australia, Antarctica and most Pacific Islands – will be required to present evidence of a negative Covid-19 test from Monday.

Pre-departure testing requirements will extend to travellers from most countries from Tuesday, Covid-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins says.

“The change will come into force for all flights arriving in New Zealand after 11:59pm (NZT) on Monday 25 January, to minimise disruption for those passengers with imminent departures. Other countries will be considered for exclusion if their situations change,” Hipkins said in a statement.

Travellers from Australia, Antarctica and most Pacific Islands – including Fiji,

read more