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Return testing to USA via Aer Lingus

Has anyone flown home from Ireland with just a rapid antigen test? It is all the US requires for fully vaccinated citizens but I am getting conflicting information on what Aer Lingus requires for US travel. Anyone done this successfully with just a rapid antigen test? Thanks

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It’s best to have a hard copy of the CDC requirements with you stating what is required to return to the US. I'd print out the info. from this link:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/testing-international-air-travelers.html

What types of SARS-CoV-2 test are acceptable under the Order?
Passengers must be tested with a viral test that could be either an
antigen test or a nucleic acid amplification test (NAAT).

Can I get a rapid test? Rapid tests are acceptable as long as they are
a viral test acceptable under the Order.

Posted by
6507 posts

Of course they are wrong. All you need is an antigen test.

I suggest that you find by googling the CDC page that lays out the requirements for entry to the United States to show the airline personnel.

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Yes, I flew home a few days ago with a BinaxNOW antigen test (supervised online with the eMed telehealth service). I uploaded the negative test result into the VeriFly app, and Aer Lingus only needed to see that the VeriFly app had me cleared for travel.

Here's a write-up I just did on the various Covid-related hoops we jumped through for this trip:
https://community.ricksteves.com/travel-forum/trip-reports/ireland-august-2021