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As of January 24, 2023, are there any COVID-19 testing requirements for US citizens flying back to the US from abroad? The CDC page on the topic is very confusing with lots of clauses for travel from certain places (China) and non-US citizens, and doesn't state clearly whether US citizens not affected by those clauses need test results to board.

Aside from just a yes/no answer, I'd like a link to an official source or reputable third party stating it clearly.

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  • It depends where you’re travelling from. The map on the IATA site iatatravelcentre.com/world.php has a list of entry restrictions
    – Traveller
    Jan 24, 2023 at 9:23
  • @Traveller: Sorry, but that map feels useless. It just shows most of the world as "partially restrictive" which really doesn't help.
    – Hilmar
    Jan 24, 2023 at 11:04
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    @Hilmar Clicking on the country for which information is sought gives a detailed list of restrictions. Hard to prove a negative. If neither the IATA site nor the CDC page is good enough for the OP I really don’t know what else might be :-)
    – Traveller
    Jan 24, 2023 at 11:09
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    @Traveller: My apologies. That's actually super helpful, I didn't realize you can click on the country.!! Thanks
    – Hilmar
    Jan 24, 2023 at 16:02
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    @R..GitHubSTOPHELPINGICE The duplicate was indeed originally posted some time ago, but its answer is a "community wiki" which is regularly updated; the information there is current and contains links to official sources.
    – mlc
    Jan 25, 2023 at 6:16

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The CDC page states :

ALL TRAVELERS

This page is for all international travelers including U.S. citizens, U.S. nationals, U.S. lawful permanent residents, immigrants, and non-U.S. citizens who are not U.S. immigrants.

All the restrictions, except the COVID Vaccination requirement, are to be applied to everyone


As of 2023-01-24, the requirements are :

ALL travelers 2 years and older: If you are flying to the U.S. from China, Hong Kong, or Macau, or have been in these areas in the past 10 days and are flying from certain airports, you are required to show a negative COVID-19 test result or documentation of recovery from COVID-19 before you board your flight to the U.S.

There are no in force testing requirements for US Citizens/LPR

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  • So are there testing requirements? Jan 24, 2023 at 9:33
  • What @lambshaanxy asked. This is a non-answer as written. I agree with the analysis but there is no information as to whether "all restrictions" includes any testing requirement for those not coming from China. Jan 24, 2023 at 10:49
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    @R..GitHubSTOPHELPINGICE If it isn't on that page, there are no further restrictions Jan 24, 2023 at 10:51
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    Did you mean to say: There are no in force testing requirements for US Citizens/LPR unless you're traveling from China?
    – JonathanReez
    Jan 24, 2023 at 14:35
  • Modulo @JonathanReez's correcting I suspect this is correct, but the difficulty there seems to have been pinning this down is... not reassuring. Jan 24, 2023 at 14:46

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