If you receive my free daily travel tip newsletter, then you were able to get a jump on ordering the first round of free U.S. government tests back in January. Then in March, they offered a second round. Well now, with COVID-19 cases rising again, the U.S. government is offering a third round of free tests.
Just like the previous times, it takes just 30 seconds to order them. Just input your name and shipping address and that’s it. The website is COVIDTests.gov, and each residential address is eligible for four tests. According to WhiteHouse.gov: “Tests will usually ship within 7-12 days of ordering.”
However this time around, instead of getting two boxes with a total of four tests the government is doubling the order and they will come in two separate shipments.
Unfortunately, these tests can’t be used for international travel – specifically returning to the U.S. since the CDC requires every traveler two years of age and older entering the U.S. by air, regardless of vaccination status or citizenship (yes, fully vaxxed Americans are required too) to show proof of a proctored COVID-19 test. I use this company and service since they make it very easy and you don’t have to scramble to find a testing site on the last day of your trip.
Still these free tests provided by the government are still great for travelers as they can tell you if you’re COVID-19 positive or not, which can save you a lot of money, time and hassle. For example, one of my friends here in California was going to a two-day conference in NYC. He didn’t take a test before leaving and when he arrived, the conference organizers had everyone tested. He tested positive so his two-day trip turned into a 10-day one as his work required him to quarantine in his hotel room. Fortunately, his work paid for it but if you don’t have a generous employer, then consider getting travel insurance as well and make sure the plan covers COVID.
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