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.
Should the U.S. extend this policy to domestic flights too? We’re hearing rumblings that it might be happening. Sound off in the comments. We’d love to hear what you think.
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