The US government has announced that it will require all international passengers to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test result before boarding a flight to fly into the country.
The order, approved by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), will go into effect from January 26.
The order states that all international passengers looking to fly into the country, including USA citizens returning from abroad, will have to get tested within three days of the departure date. Airlines have been directed to deny boarding to any passengers who do not provide the documentation.
While this process will not necessarily eliminate all risk, it will definitely help make flying safer for all passengers, the CDC has said. The order has been put in place in an attempt to tackle the surge in coronavirus cases post the holiday season and a larger number of international travellers flying in.
The order exempts passengers under the age of two, airline crew, military personnel and those transiting through the USA. Along with this, the CDC has said it will also consider waivers of testing requirements for those airlines which are flying to countries that have little or no testing capacity, for instance some places in the Caribbean.
This move comes after an earlier order was put into effect from December 28 for travellers arriving from the UK into America, due to the spread of a new and more infectious variant of the virus in the former country.
Sanjana Ray is that unwarranted tour guide people groan about on trips. When she isn't geeking out on travel and history, she can be found walking around the streets, crying for Bengali food. She is former Digital Writer at National Geographic Traveller India.