The US Department of Centres for Disease Control and Prevention has released the new requirement for a negative COVID-19 test to enter the USA. Effective from 26th January, all air travelers entering the United States must provide a negative PCR test report while entering the United States. 

Also the passenger needs to complete the COVID-19 test after their arrival. Testing before and after travel is a critical layer to slow the introduction and spread of COVID-19. The procedure has been implemented to curb the current phase of the pandemic and protects the health of Americans.

The department of CDCP has wrote that 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.

As new requirement, passenger entering USA need to make CDC recommended test at least 3-5 days after the arrival and required stay in home quarantine for 7 days. The test and quarantine will help slow the spread of COVID-19 within US communities from travel-related infections.

Passenger need to complete even the test before departure from USA which will help identify infected traveller’s before they board airplanes. The viral test report need to be shown before during check in that has been done at least 3 days before the departure flight. The laboratory test report can be provided in paper or electronic.

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

The CDC director Robert R Redfield, MD said in his statement, “Testing does not eliminate all risk, 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.”