Negative COVID-19 test required for international airline passengers coming to the U.S.

by Jenny Mount · Jan 12th, 2021 4:10 pm

Last Updated Jan 13th, 2021 at 6:41 pm

All international airline passengers will soon have to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test before boarding flights to America, according to people familiar with the matter.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is reportedly planning to issue its order as soon as Tuesday and is expected to mandate it go into effect January 26.

U.S. airlines have voiced support for the new requirement, but said they believe the new testing protocols should replace travel restrictions and quarantines.

"A well-planned program focused on increasing testing of travelers to the United States will further these objectives in a much more effective way than the blanket travel restrictions currently in place," said Airlines for America chief executive, Nick Calio.

According to Calio, the requirement should take countries where testing is limited into consideration and the government should make rapid testing available for the effort.


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