The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced a new requirement for incoming air travelers to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test before boarding any inbound flight to the United States.
Travelers will need to show proof of a viral test within three days of their flight. The policy will be implemented on January 26, 2021. Those who don’t produce documentation of a negative lab test, or proof of recovery from COVID-19 infection, or do not wish to comply won’t be permitted to board.
The measure is designed to slow the spread of the virus while the U.S. ramps up vaccination efforts amid a surge in new cases.
While the airline industry has been at the forefront of mitigation efforts and flying has largely been seen as a safe way to travel, this additional policy should help keep airports and aircraft safer while vaccinations get implemented and we build toward herd immunity.
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