It was just last week that we learned a negative COVID-19 test result would be required for all passengers entering the US. This is applicable to US citizens and visitors alike, with airline crews one of the only groups largely exempted from the rule. Now, it appears that the United States will institute a requirement to quarantine upon arrival as well.
There aren’t a ton of details on what the quarantine requirement will look like just yet. For better or worse, I expect it won’t be nearly as restrictive as some countries. New Zealand has very strict quarantine requirements, including multiple tests during your quarantine period. I had a friend attempting to enter Norway recently to see an ailing family member. At that time, the requirements were that arriving passengers who were not Norwegian citizens would be transported to a government quarantine facility (essentially, a monitored airport hotel).
I think it’s highly unlikely we’ll see anything nearly that restrictive for returning US residents. There’s a possibility arriving non-residents might be subject to more stringent requirements. However, I really don’t see that as likely. There are so many major international entry points in the US. Any effort to quarantine arriving international passengers would be a massive undertaking. Dozens of airports would need quarantine facilities and officers to man them. Could it be done? Absolutely. I just question whether the government has the willpower to do so. And, I imagine it would meet some stiff legal challenges.
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