The US government is expected to require all international airline passengers to show evidence of a negative Covid-19 test before boarding flights into the country, people familiar with the matter said.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention plans to issue its order as soon as Tuesday, after weeks of discussions between federal agencies and the White House Coronavirus Task Force. The order is expected to take effect on January 26, according to a person familiar with the matter. The CDC and other administration officials are still completing the matter.
The CDC’s order to comprehensively test passengers, including US citizens returning from abroad, comes weeks after the Trump administration imposed Test requirement for travelers from UK Due to concerns about a more contagious strain of the virus was discovered there. Since then, the new strain has been found elsewhere in the world, and Its presence in the United States Confirmed.
The United States’ requirements come during a difficult time for the aviation industry and international travelers facing a host of diverse testing protocols and quarantine requirements around the world, including public health advice urging people to stay home.
US airlines have expressed support for the new requirement but have argued that extensive testing protocols should replace travel restrictions and quarantines to reduce the spread of Covid-19.