U.S. To Require Covid-19 Tests For All International Visitors

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All international passengers traveling to the USA must have a negative Covid-19 test report before boarding their flight to U.S. from Jan. 26.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said, “Air passengers are required to get a viral test (a test for current infection) within three days before their flight to the US departs, and provide written documentation of their laboratory test result (paper or electronic copy) to the airline or provide documentation of having recovered from COVID-19.”

  • The CDC will require all passengers to get a test within three days of their departure.
  • Written documentation of negative test results must be provided to the airline before boarding.
  • Previously infected passengers can provide documentation of their recovery in lieu of a negative test result.
  • Airlines won’t let passengers board if they fail to comply.

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The CDC order for universal testing of passengers, including U.S. residents returning from overseas, comes weeks after the Trump administration imposed a testing requirement on travelers from the UK over concerns about a more infectious strain of virus found there. Since then, the new strain has been found elsewhere in the world and its presence in the US has been confirmed.

The order was signed by the CDC director on January 12, which will be effected from January 26.

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The airlines must confirm the negative test result for all passengers or the documentation of the recovery before boarding the aircraft.

“If a passenger does not provide documentation of a negative test or recovery or does not take a test, the airline must refuse the passenger boarding,” the CDC also said.

Plus, the CDC recommends passengers get tested again three to five days after arrival and stay home for the first week.


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