All visitors to U.S. will require negative COVID test to fly
Anyone flying to the United States must test negative for the coronavirus before boarding their flight under a policy announced Tuesday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Why it matters: With cases surging in the U.S., and new, more contagious variants emerging in other countries, the CDC says pre-flight testing will help slow the spread of the virus until the American public is fully vaccinated.
- The new policy, which takes effect Jan. 26, expands an order implemented last month to require negative tests from travelers from the U.K.
How it works: Before departure to the U.S., air passengers are required to obtain a viral test (to test for current infection) within three days of departure.
- They must provide paper or electronic documentation of their lab result.
- The CDC also recommends getting tested again 3-5 days after arrival, and isolate for 7 days post-travel.
- As an alternative, individuals may provide documentation that they've recovered from COVID-19.