DeSantis wants international travelers screened for COVID-19

DeSantis wants international travelers screened for COVID-19

Javier Manjarres
Javier Manjarres
April 8, 2020

Miami Beach – Gov. Ron DeSantis has expressed his desire to see the new 5-minute Coronavirus detection test “integrated "with international travel into the United States.

Gov. DeSantis made the remark during a press conference to discuss the U.S. Army Corps Of Engineer’s construction of a 250,000 square foot,  COVID-19-only field hospital inside the Miami Beach Convention Center, which the governor says should be up and running by April 30th.

 “Obviously, we have people coming from all over the world, all the time,” said DeSantis “I would like to see these rapid tests integrated with some of the international travel. If you are coming from like a Brazil or these other places, it would be good to have those tests available and done so that as people come to Florida, we know that people aren’t necessarily carrying the virus.”

DeSantis continued, expressing his frustration and concern that all of the gains Florida has made and stands to make in mitigating the spread of the COVID-19 virus will be for not if travelers, both foreign and domestic, are allowed to enter the state unchecked. He says “it’s a problem.”

 “We are going through a lot here. Miami has gone through a lot here. Other parts of Florida have gone through a lot here. We’ve had a lot of dislocation economically. We are trying to mitigate that. We’re are trying to bounce back from it, but to go through all that and then just have people coming internationally or even domestically and ceding it all over again, I think is a problem.”- Gov. Ron DeSantis

President Trump

DeSantis, who has been in close contact with President Donald Trump during the pandemic, said that we will discuss travel options for Florida.

“I am going to talk to the president about this. The fact of the matter is, airplanes are what brought the virus to the United States, and so we have to think smart about this.

But I think we want to have people to be able to function as a society. The travel is something we are really going to have to build in some protections for.”

“We are going to plan for worse case,” said DeSantis, adding that “absent a major change, capacity is there.”


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Javier Manjarres

Javier Manjarres

Javier Manjarres is a nationally renowned award-winning political journalist and Publisher of,,, and He enjoys traveling, playing soccer, mixed martial arts, weight-lifting, swimming, and biking. Javier is also a political consultant and has also authored "BROWN PEOPLE," which is a book about Hispanic Politics. Follow on Twitter: @JavManjarres Email him at

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