We did it! Jim and I studied hard all night and took the test again and PASSED it!
This time we took an Antigen test instead of the PCR test - and it came back with negative results for Covid. Either PCR or Antigen tests are accepted for entry back into the US. Both of them are "viral tests", meaning they test for the existence of the Covid virus - not to be confused with the Antibody test which is completely different, it tests a blood sample and looks for anitbodies which indicate that you had Covid and some time in the past. Both PCR and Antigen use a swab from your nose or back of throat.
All totaled, we took 4 tests:
- 12/29/21 - PCR test - Jim positive, Chris negative (this was taken at home 3 days before departure, but we didn't get the results until we already in El Salvador)
- 1/3/22 - PCR test - both Jim and Chris positive
- 1/7/22 - PCR test - Jim positive, Chris negative
- 1/10/22 - Antigen test - both Jim and Chris NEGATIVE!
|4 beers, 2 small plate appetizers, one dessert + tip = $11|
CDC requirements for entering the US ...
You must be fully vaccinated at least 2 weeks before travel, and ...
All air passengers 2 years or older with a flight departing to the US from a foreign country at or after are required show a negative COVID-19 viral test result taken no more than 1 day before travel, or documentation of having recovered from COVID-19 in the past 90 days, before they board their flight.