Passengers will have to undergo a negative PCR or antigen test within 72 hours of boarding a flight from the UK to the US. Passengers are also required to provide documents of their laboratory results in paper or electronic form.
The airline must confirm the test results before the flight, and if the passenger refuses the test or does not provide documents, they are not allowed to board the flight.
The CDC said in a statement: “On March 14, President Trump issued a presidential proclamation to suspend the entry of foreign nationals who visited the United Kingdom in the past 14 days.” Travel has been reduced by approximately 90%. This additional testing requirement will strengthen our protection of the American public to improve their health and safety and ensure responsible international travel.”
The agency said the order will be signed on Friday and will take effect on Monday.
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Tuesday that the British coronavirus variant has not yet been identified through US genetic sequencing. But this may be because the US surveillance system did not catch it.
Assistant Secretary of Health Brett Giroir said on Monday: “Maybe in the United States, we may not have found it yet.”