Washington (Reuters)-In accordance with the expanded testing requirements announced on Tuesday, almost all air travelers are required to show a negative coronavirus test to enter the United States.
According to regulations that will take effect on January 26, according to an order signed by the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), almost all travelers, including U.S. citizens, must present a negative test or recover from COVID-1
Except for passengers transiting only in the United States, all travelers 2 years and older must comply. The CDC will also consider waiving testing requirements for airlines flying to countries without or without testing capabilities (including certain parts of the Caribbean).
The order greatly expanded the requirements for travelers from the United Kingdom on December 28, because the traveler was a more spreadable variant of the virus circulating in the United Kingdom.
Marty Cetron, director of the Global Migration and Quarantine Department of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said in an interview: “We have to be really prepared…We have to take these mutations seriously.”
Starting on January 7, Canada has implemented similar regulations for almost all international entrants, as do many other countries.
The CDC confirmed last week that after weeks of discussing ideas, it has circulated a proposal to expand testing requirements. Some senior White House officials objected, and officials heard about the matter last week and said that U.S. public health officials have basically given up the winning approval until President-elect Biden takes office.
People familiar with the matter said that at the White House meeting on Monday, Redfield once again made an urgent request to pass the test request. He worried that the vaccine might not be effective against the virus variants.
American Airlines, an industrial trade organization, expressed appreciation for this test plan. The airline also wants to lift the ban on most non-US tourists who have recently visited Brazil and most of Europe, but the White House chose not to end the ban.
Cetron said it should “reconsider entry restrictions.”
Cetron confirmed that the CDC has discussed the idea of extending the testing requirements to domestic flights in the United States, but emphasized that the new orders only apply to international flights.
Reporting by David Shepardson; Editing by Chris Reese, Dan Grebler and Cynthia Osterman