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International Flights Are Ramping Up. Slowly. And With Plenty Of Caveats

Many countries shut down international air travel when the pandemic began. Routes are reopening again, but you may need a COVID-19 test before you board.
Passengers are tested for COVID-19 at Beirut International Airport on July 1. Source: Anwar Amro

I've been stranded in Kenya since March, trying to get a "repatriation" flight to return home to the United States. I was finally able to book a flight but I'm still not sure I'll be able to board at the scheduled departure time – a week from Saturday. Not only are cancellations part of the new normal for international flights, but passengers in some countries need to present evidence they're likely not infected with the novel coronavirus before being allowed to board.

In Kenya, that means going to a private laboratory chain within 72 hours of my scheduled departure time and undergoing a COVID-19 test, which will cost about 8,000 shillings — about $80. The lab will provide documentation of my test results which

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