Travelers flying into the United States from international destinations will be required to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test before boarding their flight, the CDC announced on Tuesday.
Travelers flying into the United States from international destinations will be required to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test before boarding their flight.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced the new policy Tuesday and said it will go into effect on Jan. 26. The agency said it hopes the new testing requirement will help slow the spread of the virus, currently surging in the United States, as the vaccine rollout continues.
Air passengers will be required to get a viral test within three days before their flight to the United States departs, and to provide written documentation of their lab results, or documentation of having recovered from Covid-19.
If a passenger does not provide documentation of a negative test or recovery, or chooses not to take a test, the airline must not allow the passenger to board, the CDC said.
The move comes following the discovery of a number of Covid-19 variants, including the UK variant. At least 72 cases of a variant first identified in the UK have been found in 10 US states, according to data posted Monday by the CDC. That includes at least 32 cases in California, 22 cases in Florida, five cases in Minnesota, four cases in New York, three cases in Colorado, two cases in Connecticut, and one case each in Texas, Pennsylvania, Indiana and Georgia.