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The Mérida international airport has a Plan B for American travelers who overlooked US screening rules.

Air passengers need to prove they recently tested negative for coronavirus before being allowed to board a flight. That rule already applies to Canadians and begin for Americans next week.

A new airport-based COVID-19 testing service will serve passengers who are lacking documentation of a negative blood test, said the regional director of Grupo Asur, Héctor Navarrete Muñoz.

The airport COVID test site can deliver written results in a maximum of half an hour and costs no more than testing elsewhere, he said.

The facility only serves US travelers. It was authorized by the American consulate and will be coordinated by the state Health Secretariat. Canada has required negative blood-test results since Jan. 6, but is not connected to the airport program.

Domestic flights do not require blood tests.

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