(ATLANTA) — America would require airline passengers from Britain to get a detrimental COVID-19 check earlier than their flight, the Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention introduced late Thursday.
The U.S. is the most recent nation to announce new journey restrictions due to a brand new variant of the coronavirus that’s spreading in Britain and elsewhere.
Airline passengers from the UK might want to get detrimental COVID-19 exams inside three days of their journey and supply the outcomes to the airline, the CDC stated in an announcement. The company stated the order can be signed Friday and go into impact on Monday.
“If a passenger chooses to not take a check, the airline should deny boarding to the passenger,” the CDC stated in its assertion.
The company stated due to journey restrictions in place since March, air journey to the U.S. from the U.Okay. is already down by 90%.
Final weekend, Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson stated the brand new variant of the coronavirus appeared to unfold extra simply than earlier ones and was transferring quickly by means of England. However Johnson burdened “there’s no proof to counsel it’s extra deadly or causes extra extreme sickness,” or that vaccines can be much less efficient in opposition to it.
This week, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo stated three airways with flights from London to New York — British Airways, Delta and Virgin Atlantic — had agreed to require passengers to take a COVID-19 check earlier than getting on the airplane. United Airways on Thursday agreed to do the identical for its flights to Newark, New Jersey.
Britain has been underneath appreciable stress because the phrase of the brand new variant of the virus was made public. Some 40 international locations imposed journey bans on Britain, leaving the island nation more and more remoted.
France relaxed its coronavirus-related ban on vehicles from Britain on Tuesday after a two-day standoff that had stranded hundreds of drivers and raised fears of Christmastime meals shortages within the U.Okay.
French authorities stated supply drivers might enter by ferry or tunnel supplied they confirmed proof of a detrimental check for the virus.
However the French restrictions had been notably worrisome, provided that Britain depends closely on its cross-Channel business hyperlinks to the continent for meals this time of yr.