Negative COVID-19 test mandatory for United States travel from January 26

Modesto Morganelli
Gennaio 14, 2021

The CDC order is to take effect in about two weeks, on January 26.

Covid is already widespread in the United States, with more than 22 million cases reported to date, including more than 375,000 deaths.

The CDC noted the growing emergence around the world of variants of the coronavirus, which causes COVID-19, and evidence that the new variants are more easily spread.

The order will become effective on January 26. Travel by foreigners to the US and by Americans to global destinations in December was down 76% compared to a year earlier, according to trade group Airlines for America.

Officials say they hope the new testing requirement for air passengers "will help slow the spread of the virus as we work to vaccinate the American public".

In preparation for travel, passengers will need to find a testing provider which meets the standards set out on by the UK Government, the majority of which will be Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) tests.

The CDC said it had delayed the introduction of the requirement to allow passengers and airlines to adapt but CDC director Robert Redfield wanted it did not eliminate all risk.

What are the new USA norms?

Worldwide travel is banned under England's latest lockdown rules unless for "legally permitted reasons", government guidance states, for example work.

It is likely that the recently identified version of the virus from Britain is "in every state or most states", said Dr. Ashisha Jha.

The variant has also been identified in dozens of countries worldwide.

The earlier requirement for United Kingdom travelers was a response to a new coronavirus variant that was recently identified in the UK. The traveller who is planning a trip out of the United States, going to any Caribbean country, is going to need a PCR test to enter The Bahamas or a Caribbean country and then is going to need a PCR or an antigen test to re-enter the US.

Airlines have been pushing for pre-flight testing instead of continued travel restrictions between the USA and the rest of the world.

They will need to present proof of a negative result to their carrier on boarding while the UK Border Force will conduct spot checks on arrivals.

Testing is key to unlocking worldwide borders and safely reopening global travel, said Nicole Carriere, a spokeswoman for United Airlines, one of three major USA carriers that flies to Europe and Asia.

Others say the CDC order is unlikely to cause an immediate increase in worldwide travel.

Travellers from green and orange list countries, as set out by the European Union traffic light system, will not have to restrict their movements upon arrival in Ireland, but they will be expected to adhere to local public health guidelines.

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