Ten months into the coronavirus pandemic, the U.S. will begin requiring all international travelers—including returning U.S. citizens—to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test in order to a board a flight to the country. The move will go into effect on January 26, according to a new order from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Travelers coming into the U.S. from international destinations will now need to obtain a PCR test within three days prior to their flight and share their negative results with their airline before a flight (antibody tests are not accepted). The CDC says that documentation indicating full recovery of COVID-19 will also suffice for those who continue to test positive after recovery. Airlines will be in charge of verifying this documentation, and if you decide not to test or provide your results, “the airline must deny boarding,” according the the CDC.
The CDC also recommends getting tested again three to five days after arriving in the U.S. and quarantining at home for seven days post-travel.
“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,” said CDC director Dr. Robert R. Redfield in the announcement.
This testing protocol has already been implemented by a few U.S. states for domestic travel, allowing for shortened quarantine times with a negative result ahead of flight.
Source: CN Traveler