U.S. citizens traveling overseas now must pay an extra $85 in cash for their annual health screening before flying to the U.S. or outside of the U.S. Previously, travelers to the U.S. were allowed to carry on any medication that did not have a prescription. But U.S. officials are now mandating that every physician from the country who performs annual health screenings in foreign airports must test passengers for drug and alcohol violations the day before they board. “Health screening scans for drug and alcohol abuse include Hantavirus, tuberculosis, typhoid, and skin tests for travelers who have been exposed to a risk exposure through a public health emergency,” Homeland Security announced in a statement. But based on the lack of public health risks reported in European countries, United States officials said it’s not worth the extra cost.
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The news of the new health screening requirements comes in the wake of the mass shooting in Las Vegas, which authorities said was linked to alcohol consumption by the shooter. President Trump also approved an Executive Order Friday, which allows health screenings for domestic refugees at the border in the event of a border emergency.
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