TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced, Tuesday, that it is expanding the negative COVID-19 test requirement to all air passengers entering the United States.
As variants of the coronavirus continue to emerge, the CDC says this will help slow COVID-19 transmissions as the country works to vaccinate millions.
Before departure to the United States, a required test [combined with the CDC recommendations to get tested again 3-5 days after arrival, and stay home for 7 days post-travel] will help slow the spread of COVID-19 within U.S. communities from travel-related infections.
The CDC says pre-departure testing with known results before travel will help identify infected travelers before they board airplanes.
Air passengers are required to get a viral test within the 3 days before their flight to the U.S. departs, and provide written documentation of their laboratory test result to the airline, or provide proof of having recovered from COVID-19.
Airlines must confirm the negative test result for all passengers or documentation of recovery before boarding.
If a passenger does not provide documentation of a negative test or recovery, or chooses not to take a test, the airline must DENY boarding to the passenger.
This order becomes effective on Wednesday, Jan. 26.