With so many people traveling internationally over the next few weeks during the holiday season, COVID-19 testing has now become a mandatory part of travel planning.
Right now, anyone traveling into the United States will have to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test within 24 hours of boarding.
Visitors say that while these guidelines are necessary, they can be expensive and time consuming.
“For tourists, it can be stressful, but it’s something you have to do,” says international traveler Arame Strachan.
Strachan and her husband had a long stay Thursday at Miami International Airport. They are from Nassau, Bahamas and their next trip is to Qatar.
With no direct flights from the Bahamas to Qatar, they were left with no choice but to move to the US, making testing requirements a costly, albeit necessary, issue.
“We had to do a PCR test within 72 hours. A PCR test takes about 24 hours to get results, but a 24-hour test to reach the US would be too late and that would not be valid to get to the country to connect to Qatar, so it was said by Strachan . “It’s extremely expensive, a home PCR test is $125 and for fast tracking it’s an extra $100.”
For those who need to check before going to local travel or family gathering, MiamiDade.gov provides a list of nearest test locations and hours.
Tropical Park will be one of the locations that will be open seven days a week, 24 hours a day during holidays.
Mayor Daniella Levine-Cava said: “People are also very concerned and we want to continue to make our websites available. We may add sites as needed, as always, we will continue to monitor to make sure people have access to what they need. “
At the MIA, airport officials said both of their on-site testing facilities will continue to operate normally during the holidays. The Central Terminal website is open 24/7 and the South Terminal District will be open from 7am to 9pm
Nomi Health operates the test site at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport. They will close four hours early on Christmas Eve and Christmas Holidays. Their operating hours will be 7am-5pm
As for Strachan and her husband, they have a long way to go. But they say it’s worth it to keep others safe and see loved ones.
“When we get to Qatar, we will have to do another PCR test, God knows how much that will cost,” Strachan said. airport. But, that’s what you have to do. “
It is also important to research each country’s policies before traveling.
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