People familiar with the matter said that the U.S. government is expected to require all international airline passengers to show evidence of whether the Covid-19 test is negative before boarding a flight to the country.
After several weeks of discussions between federal agencies and the White House Coronavirus Task Force, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention plans to issue an order as early as Tuesday. According to people familiar with the matter, the order is expected to take effect on January 26. The CDC and other administrative officials are still completing the order.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) requires common tests for passengers, including common tests for U.S. citizens returning from abroad. A few weeks after the Trump administration raised concerns about the more contagious nature of the virus found in the UK, testing requirements for British travelers. Since then, this new strain has been discovered elsewhere in the world, and its existence has been confirmed in the United States.
For the aviation industry and international travelers, the requirements of the United States are in difficult times. They are faced with various testing protocols and quarantine requirements around the world, including public health consultations that urge people to stay at home.
American Airlines has expressed support for the new requirements, but believes that enhanced testing protocols should replace travel restrictions and quarantine to reduce the spread of Covid-1