The CDC: All people coming into the U.S. by air will be required to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test result
"All international airline passengers coming into the U.S. will be required by the government to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test result before taking flights to the country, according to a press release from the CDC
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued the order Tuesday. The order probits anyone from flying into the country without a negative COVID-19 test result. The new regulation goes into effect on Jan. 26.
The travel requirement comes amid a surge in COVID-19 cases following a more contagious strain of the new coronavirus originally discovered in the U.K. To thwart the spread, the Trump administration last month required all travelers flying out of the U.K. to show a negative test result before arriving in the states."
On Tuesday, Jan. 12, The Wall Street Journal reported that all travelers flying to the United States — U.S. citizens included — will need to provide proof of a negative coronavirus test. Travelers flying to U.S. territories like Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands are exempt.
“Testing does not eliminate all risk,” CDC Director Robert R. Redfield said in a statement. “But when combined with a period of staying at home and everyday precautions like wearing masks and social distancing, it can make travel safer, healthier and more responsible by reducing spread on planes, in airports and at destinations.”