U.S. Now Requires Proof Of Negative COVID Test for Air Entry

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All international travelers arriving in the United States will now need proof of a negative COVID-19 test or recovery from COVID-19 in order to board their flight. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated its guideline on Tuesday, January 12, 2021.

The Order applies to all air passengers traveling into the U.S., including U.S. citizens and legal permanent residents. It takes effect January 26, 2021.

To be allowed entry onto the flight, passengers must now show proof of a negative, pre-departure test result for SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19), collected within the three calendar days preceding the flight’s departure from a foreign country. Alternatively, the passenger may instead travel with written or electronic documentation of a positive viral test result that confirms previous SARS-CoV-2 infection and a letter from a licenses health care provider or public health official stating that the passenger has been cleared for travel. The passengers must provide the documentation to the airline and any U.S. government official. The order applies to passengers who are two years of age or older.

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If a passenger chooses not to provide a test result or documentation of recovery, the airline must deny boarding to the passenger, according to the CDC.

Note: As per several Presidential proclamations, with specific exceptions, foreign nationals who have been in any of the following countries during the past 14 days may not enter the U.S: China, Iran, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Brazil and the European Schengen Area.

When arriving in the U.S., the CDC further recommends travelers get tested three to five days after travel and to stay home or otherwise self-quarantine for seven days after travel. Even if you test negative, the CDC says to stay home for the full seven days; if you don’t get tested, it’s safest to stay home for 10 days.

For more information, visit www.cdc.gov.

This article originally appeared on www.travelagentcentral.com.

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