Air Passengers Entering US Will Need Covid Negative Test, Says Official


All air passengers bound for the United States will require a negative Covid-19 test within three days of their departure, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said Tuesday.

“Testing does not eliminate all risk but when combined with a period of staying at home and everyday precautions like wearing masks and social distancing, it can make travel safer,” said CDC Director Robert Redfield.

The policy will take effect on January 26, and expands on a previous testing rule that targeted Britain and came into effect in December, following the emergence of a coronavirus variant believed to be more transmissible.

Other variants of concern have also been reported in South Africa and Brazil. On Tuesday, Japan said it was working to isolate and analyze a variant detected in four passengers who arrived from Brazil.

The CDC also recommends that travelers get tested again three to five days after their arrival, and stay home for at least seven days.

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