CDC Requires All Air Passengers Entering US from Abroad Need a Negative COVID-19 Test Before Flight

Posted on 01/13/2021

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced that all air passengers entering the United States will need to provide a negative COVID-19 test before boarding their flight. The new rule will go into effect January 26, 2021. The CDC will require all passengers to get a test within three days of their departure. Airlines won’t let passengers board if they fail to comply.

Testing does not eliminate all risk,” CDC Director Robert Redfield said in recent public statements. “But when combined with a period of staying at home and everyday precautions like wearing masks and social distancing, it can make travel safer, healthier, and more responsible by reducing spread on planes, in airports and at destinations.”

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