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US to require all arriving passengers to show negative COVID test

09:07, 13 January 2021
US to require all arriving passengers to show negative COVID test Photo: Jeremy Hogan/Keystone Press Agency

The US government will require all international airline passengers to show proof of a negative Covid-19 test before boarding flights to the country, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said, The Wall Street Journal reports.


The CDC’s order followed weeks of discussions among federal agencies and the White House coronavirus task force. The order will go into effect on Jan. 26.

The CDC order for universal testing of passengers, including US citizens returning from abroad, comes weeks after the Trump administration imposed a testing requirement for travelers from the UK over concerns about a more infectious strain of the virus that was detected there. Since then, the new strain has been found elsewhere globally, and its presence in the US has been confirmed.

Travelers arriving on international flights to the US will need to get tested within three days of flying. Airlines will be required to deny boarding to anyone without documentation of a negative test, the CDC said. The order exempts airline crew, along with military personnel and passengers under two years old.

NEWS.ru reported that Russian vaccines protect against the British strain of coronavirus.