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US may announce stricter testing to return to US - on Thurs

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Stricter coronavirus testing being weighed for all travelers to U.S - Announcement expected Thursday

https://www.washingtonpost.com/health/2021/11/30/omicron-stricter-travel-rules-us-entry/

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Since usa only requires an antigen test, one day before departure is no big deal. The other issues will likely be "recommendations " but we shall see. Some will probably just fly into us/ mex border and walk across w/o the need for any testing.

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One day ahead is a smart move. I wish Canada switched to antigen 24 hour departure test now that they have added an arrival test.

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Or, just wade over the Rio Grande, no test required.

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When we departed in November we found it was more involved to get back into the US than it was to get into Mexico. It really was stressful. You never really knew when one of your forms would not be filled correctly. Fortunately we had all of our ducks in a row. It really was a stressful experience since it seems like all of the guidelines are subject to change on a moment’s notice.

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Always remember that they can’t refuse to repatriate American citizens. They can huff and puff all they want (and an airline can sure keep you from boarding) but worst comes to worst, if you get yourself to a port of entry and can prove you are a citizen you are getting in. Even if they “close” the border.

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True. Volaris has plenty of flights to its hub in Tijuana and then just use the CBX

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Personally I would like to return to México, but I am not sure I want to be hassled by all of the (current) hoops that US citizens must jump through just to return home. It is exactly part of the reason why I opted to summer in New England this year vs a trip to Mexico. And I would honestly strongly consider the US Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico or some other similar beach location vs anywhere international, just to avoid the headaches. Anyway...... let's see what Brandon says on Thursday.

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Brandon is waiting for the large signs to be printed large enough so he can squint to read it to us!!! And Brandon wants us to spend our money in the USA!! When I can live in the downtown area of a nice Mexican town and eat under $5 breakfast or lunch...I will stay in the USA...but where is that place?? Doubtful!!

The tough part is being in Mexico...and trying to figure out what is happening. Need to test here a day before I leave..good, not a problem. But getting a test 3 days after getting back to the states is harder than heck...the clinics do not even want to do that now!! imagine the tourist rush! Then if we have to quarantine...where does that put people like me that are only home for 3 days..then another ticket to another Mexico location?

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They key words “are being weighed”. AND “may be” throw everyone into a panic.

I have returned from Mexico and it was one step to get test and one form that takes less than 3-in to fill out and take a screen shot of on my phone. Not enough for me to say it is to much of a hassle. I carried my vaccine card with me in my passport holder and never pulled it out. If I have to take it out of a holder and show it to an official, it’s not a big deal.

The 3 oz restrictions on liquids are a bigger pain and we have even traveling for 20-years with those restrictions.

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