CDC announces U.S. to require negative COVID-19 test for all international travelers

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All international air passengers arriving in the United States will be required by the government to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test result before taking flights to the country, according to a CDC press release

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released the order on Tuesday. The order prevents anyone from flying into the country without a negative COVID-19 test result. The new regulations come into force on January 26.

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Travel obligation comes amid surge in COVID-19 cases following more contagious strain of novel coronavirus originally found in UK To thwart the spread, the Trump administration last month demanded that all travelers leaving the UK show a negative test result before arriving in the states.

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It is not yet clear how airlines will verify negative test results.

The order states, “Before leaving for the United States, a mandatory test, combined with the CDC’s recommendations to get re-tested 3-5 days after arrival and stay home for 7 days after travel, will help. to slow the spread of COVID-19. in American communities against travel-related infections. Pre-departure tests with known results and implemented before travel begins will help identify infected travelers before they board planes. ”

It also requires passengers to “undergo a viral test (a test for current infection) within 3 days of their flight departing to the United States, and provide written documentation of their lab test result (paper or electronic copy) to the airline or provide documents of having recovered from COVID-19. Airlines must confirm negative test result for all passengers or recovery documents before boarding. If a passenger does not provide documentation of a negative test or recovery, or chooses not to be tested, the airline must deny boarding to the passenger. ”

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