Air Travels: Negative Test Required to Enter the US

January 16, 2021

The CDC-Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is expanding the requirement for a negative covid test to all air passengers entering the United States. This order will become effective on January 26, 2021.

On January 12, 2020 the CDC released a media statement which says: “The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is expanding the requirement for a negative covid-19 test toall air passengers entering the United States.  Testing before and after travel is a critical layer to slow the introduction and spread of covid-19. This strategy is consistent with the current phase of the pandemic and more efficiently protects the health of Americans.”

“… Before departure to the United States, a required test, combined with the CDC recommendations to get tested again 3-5 days after arrival and stay home for 7 days post-travel, will help slow the spread of covid-19 within US communities from travel-related infections. …”

“… Air passengers are required to get a viral test (a test for current infection) within the 3 days before their flight to the U.S. departs, and provide written documentation of their laboratory test result (paper or electronic copy) to the airline or provide documentation of having recovered from covid-19. … If a passenger does not provide documentation of a negative test or recovery, or chooses not to take a test, the airline must deny boarding to the passenger.”

“Testing does not eliminate all risk,” says CDC Director Robert R. Redfield, MD, “but … it can make travel safer, healthier, and more responsible by reducing spread on planes, in airports, and at destinations.”

“This order”, CDC media statement concludes, “was signed by the CDC Director on January 12, 2021 and will become effective on January 26, 2021.

Full CDC Media Statement