January 13, 2021
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Effective Jan. 26, all air passengers entering the United States must have a negative COVID-19 test, the CDC said.
The announcement came amid the emergence of variant strains of SARS-CoV-2 in several countries, including the United Kingdom.
“Testing does not eliminate all risk, but when combined with a period of staying at home and everyday precautions like wearing masks and social distancing, it can make travel safer, healthier, and more responsible by reducing spread on planes, in airports and at destinations,” outgoing CDC Director Robert R. Redfield, MD, said in a press release.
Robert R. Redfield
Since Dec. 28, the CDC has been requiring air passengers from the U.K. to have a negative test result no more than 3 days before departure. The new policy will require that all passengers have a negative test result within 3 days of departure to the U.S. and that they undergo testing 3 to 5 days following their arrival in the country and quarantine for 7 days.
Paper or electronic documentation of the laboratory test must be provided to the airline, and airlines are required to confirm the negative results for all passengers before boarding. If no documentation is provided or an individual refuses to be tested, the airline is required to deny entry to the passenger.