Update: The CDC confirms that as of 1/26, a negative COVID-19 test result or proof of recovery from COVID-19 will be required for all passengers 2 years or older.
The COVID-19 rapid antigen or PCR/nucleic acid test must have been performed within the 3 days before all flights from abroad to the US. If you test positive while abroad you must self-isolate until you have recovered and been cleared by a Doctor to travel or until you test negative.
Proof of recovery must consist of a positive COVID-19 test result from within the 3 months before the flight, as well as a Doctor’s letter that you have been cleared to travel.
Airlines will have to confirm the written negative test result or proof of recovery before boarding passengers. Passengers flying on private or charter flights will also have to provide proof of testing.
If you don’t provide negative test results you will be denied boarding.
This order applies even if you have been vaccinated for COVID-19.
The Wall Street Journal reports that the US is expected to require negative COVID-19 test results in order to fly to the US starting on 1/26. That will include US citizens and residents returning from abroad as well as foreign nationals.
That comes after Canada recently added negative COVID-19 test results in order to fly into the country.
Airlines have rushed to add flights to destinations like Cancun and Cabo as Americans look for international travel destinations that don’t require taking a pricey expedited COVID-19 PCR.
If a test is required in order to return to the US, that will surely dampen demand for travel abroad. In many places it is nearly impossible to get expedited COVID-19 PCR results.
Other than the regime change, the timing doesn’t make much sense with COVID-19 cases running rampant in the US. I’d rather see these resources spent towards getting all American vaccinated as Israel is set to do in the coming weeks.
Do you have plans to travel abroad once this is expected to go into effect? Will this change your plans?