U.S. to require negative COVID-19 tests for arriving global air passengers

WASHINGTON — Virtually all air travelers may want to contemporary a negative coronavirus take a look at to enter the united states under expanded take a look at making an strive out requirements announced on Tuesday.

Under the foundations taking originate Jan. 26, nearly all travelers including U.S. electorate need to disguise a negative take a look at within three days of departure or documentation of recovery from COVID-19, under an impart signed by U.S. Centers for Illness Snatch watch over and Prevention (CDC) Director Robert Redfield.

All travelers former 2 and older need to comply excluding passengers who are most efficient transiting during the united states. The CDC will additionally take into myth waivers of making an strive out requirements for airlines flying to worldwide locations with microscopic or no making an strive out capability, including some places within the Caribbean.

The impart dramatically broadens a requirement imposed on Dec. 28 for travelers strolling back from the UK as a more transmissible variant of the virus circulated there.

In an interview, Marty Cetron, director of CDC’s global migration and quarantine division, stated, “We to possess genuinely up the ante… Now we need to take these mutations seriously.”

Canada imposed identical guidelines for nearly all global arrivals starting Jan. 7, as possess many other worldwide locations.

The CDC confirmed closing week it had circulated a proposal to scheme bigger the making an strive out requirement after discussing the hypothesis for weeks. Some senior White Condominium officials adversarial it, and officials briefed on the matter stated closing week that U.S. public effectively being officials had in actuality given up a success approval till President-elect Joe Biden came about of work.

At a White Condominium meeting on Monday, Redfield again made an urgent case to adopt the making an strive out requirements, folks briefed on the meeting stated. He raised issues that vaccines may doubtlessly now not be effective in opposition to virus variants.

Airlines for America, an substitute substitute team, praised the making an strive out idea. Airlines had additionally wanted a ban to be dropped on most non-U.S. company who have not too long ago been in Brazil and most of Europe, nonetheless the White Condominium opted to now not total it.

Cetron stated the entry restrictions must “be actively reconsidered.”

Cetron confirmed the CDC has talked about the hypothesis of accelerating the making an strive out requirement to home U.S. flights nonetheless emphasized the contemporary impart most efficient applies to global flights. (Reporting by David Shepardson; Editing by Chris Reese, Dan Grebler and Cynthia Osterman)