January 14, 2021

CDC expands requirement for negative COVID-19 test to all airline passengers entering US

By: Judy Mathias

Editor's Note

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Robert R. Redfield, MD, on January 12, signed an order to expand the requirement for a negative COVID-19 test to all airline passengers entering the US.

The order, which will become effective January 26, requires that:

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  • Airline passengers get a viral test within 3 days before their flight to the US departs.
  • Airline passengers provide written documentation of their laboratory test results (paper or electronic copy) to the airline or provide documentation of having recovered from COVID-19.
  • Airlines confirm negative test results for all passengers or documentation of recovery before they board.
  • Airlines deny boarding to passengers who do not provide documentation of a negative test or recovery, or choose not to take a test.

Testing before and after travel is critical to slowing the introduction and spread of COVID-19, the CDC says.


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