Update on Return Testing Requirements

The following message was sent to students studying abroad in WFU-sponsored programs


Dear Family and Friends of a WFU/Abroad Program Student,

Please see the email below which was sent to your student today detailing an important update regarding return testing information.

Please let me know if you have any questions.


Jessica Francis
Director of Global Abroad


Dear FA21 WFU-sponsored Program Students,

Please read this email carefully as it contains updated information that supersedes the email that I sent earlier this week.

New Testing Requirements for Re-Entry into the US

Today (2 December 2021) the White House confirmed that the United States will be strengthening its pre-departure testing protocols to respond to the Omicron COVID-19 variant. The official announcement can be found here, as part of a broader set of actions by the US Government.

From early next week (starting on 6 December – exact date to be confirmed), all international arrivals by air will be required to present a negative pre-departure COVID-19 test, taken within one day (24 hours) of departure to the US, regardless of nationality or vaccination status. These pre-departure tests for the US can be at-home/remote, providing they are done via a telehealth service affiliated with the test manufacturer (i.e. video-observed) or administered in-person by a health professional. Lateral flow (antigen) and PCR tests are both accepted. As indicated in the previous email, please plan to have your tests taken within the 24-hour time frame before your departure. If possible, you should pre-schedule your tests now. Your on-site staff is available to provide assistance if needed.

Please let me know if you have any questions.




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If Your Student Has a Problem

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