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CDC Expands Negative COVID-19 Test Requirement to All Air Passengers Entering the United States

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CDC Expands Negative COVID-19 Test Requirement to All Air Passengers Entering the United States

Federal Register Notice: Requirement for Proof of Negative COVID-19 Test Result or Recovery from COVID-19 for All Airline Passengers Arriving into the United States

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued an Order on January 12, 2021 requiring proof of a negative COVID-19 test or documentation of having recovered from COVID-19 for all air passengers arriving from a foreign country to the US. This Order will be effective on January 26, 2021 and published in the Federal Register soon.

https://www.cdc.gov/quarantine/fr-proof-negative-test.html

To view the order, click here pdf icon[PDF – 9 pages].

To see the passenger attestation, visit the Attestation pdf icon[PDF – 3 pages].

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For Immediate Release: Tuesday, January 12, 2021
Contact: Media Relations
(404) 639-3286

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is expanding the requirement for a negative COVID-19 test to all 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.

Variants of the SARS-CoV-2 virus continue to emerge in countries around the world, and there is evidence of increased transmissibility of some of these variants.  With the US already in surge status, the testing requirement for air passengers will help slow the spread of the virus as we work to vaccinate the American public.

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. Pre-departure testing with results known and acted upon before travel begins will help identify infected travelers before they board airplanes.

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. Airlines must confirm the negative test result for all passengers or documentation of recovery before they board. 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 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.”

This order was signed by the CDC Director on January 12, 2021 and will become effective on January 26, 2021.

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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

CDC works 24/7 protecting America’s health, safety and security. Whether disease start at home or abroad, are curable or preventable, chronic or acute, or from human activity or deliberate attack, CDC responds to America’s most pressing health threats. CDC is headquartered in Atlanta and has experts located throughout the United States and the world.

UPDATE:  1-13-2021

Note: As per several Presidential proclamations, with specific exceptions, foreign nationals who have been in any of the following countries during the past 14 days may not enter the U.S: ChinaIran, the United KingdomIrelandBrazil and the European Schengen Area.

When arriving in the U.S., the CDC further recommends travelers get tested three to five days after travel and to stay home or otherwise self-quarantine for seven days after travel. Even if you test negative, the CDC says to stay home for the full seven days; if you don’t get tested, it’s safest to stay home for 10 days.

For more information, visit www.cdc.gov.

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