Published On: Fri, Aug 20th, 2021

Afghanistan Evacuees Don’t Need Negative COVID-19 Tests: State Dept

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The State Department announced on Thursday that evacuees are not required to get a COVID-19 test to travel from Afghanistan out of the country. “A blanket humanitarian waiver has been implemented for COVID testing for all persons the U.S. government is relocating from Afghanistan,” a spokesperson for the department said. As Afghanistan had been a hotspot for the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus pandemic, medical exams, including COVID-19 tests, had been required for evacuees prior to the Taliban’s takeover of Kabul, which added extra urgency to efforts to get at-risk Afghans out. Separately, at a State Department press briefing on Thursday, spokesman Ned Price told reporters that there are currently no COVID-19 protocols in place for evacuation flights from Kabul, as the first priority is “to get as many people out as we can.” “What we are doing, depending on where these individuals go, and as you know, there are …

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