Travel questions

Does my US pre-departure Covid test have to be supervised on video?

Simon Calder answers your questions on getting into the States, touring Andalucia and flying to Tokyo

Tuesday 15 March 2022 00:23
<p>Orlando airport on the day Britons were allowed back into the US</p>

Orlando airport on the day Britons were allowed back into the US

Q The US authorities demand a pre-departure test. Is it true that they will only accept a “home” test result if it has been done under video supervision of a clinician? Or is it OK to provide a test result that has been authorised on the basis of uploaded photographic evidence of a test cartridge?


A I can understand you asking this question. The UK is in the odd position of having allowed travellers to provide “proof” of a negative Covid-19 test on the basis of a photo showing themselves holding a lateral flow device with a negative result. Not only is self-testing not nearly so effective at identifying coronavirus infection as a professionally administered test, this option is also open to fraud. That is why the US health regulator, the Centres for Disease Control (CDC), allows self-testing only when it is supervised “live” by a professional online.

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