CDC Announces New Coronavirus Testing Rule for Air Travel

CDC Announces New Coronavirus Testing Rule for Air Travel

Starting Jan. 26, all incoming United States passengers must provide a negative COVID-19 test.

The CDC announced on Jan. 12 that air passengers who are entering the United States must provide a negative COVID-19 test before they can board their flight, according to NPR.

The rule will go into effect on Jan. 26. It arrives in the midst of another surge in coronavirus cases across the country—the death toll from the virus is expected to exceed 400,000 in the next few weeks.

“Testing does not eliminate all risk,” said CDC Director Robert Redfield. “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.”

Travelers will have to be tested for coronavirus within three days of their departure to the U.S. It is also recommended that passengers get another test administered between three to five days after they arrive in the country.

More information on the rule can be found at cdc.gov.

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Nikki Johnson-Bolden is an Associate Content Editor for Occupational Health & Safety.

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