Vacationers boarding worldwide flights to the US will want proof


Beginning Jan. 26, the CDC would require common COVID testing for all passengers on worldwide flights to the U.S. USA TODAY

Vacationers flying into the USA from worldwide locations shall be required to point out proof of a destructive coronavirus take a look at earlier than boarding their flight.

The U.S. Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention introduced the coverage Tuesday and stated it could take impact Jan. 26. The company stated it hoped the brand new testing requirement would assist gradual the unfold of the virus, now surging in the USA, because the vaccine rollout continues.

“Testing doesn’t eradicate all threat,” CDC Director Robert R. Redfield stated in an announcement, “however when mixed with a interval of staying at house and on a regular basis precautions like carrying masks and social distancing, it may well make journey safer, more healthy, and extra accountable by decreasing unfold on planes, in airports and at locations.”

The CDC stated vacationers should get a viral take a look at inside three days earlier than their flight to the U.S., which can possible ship some vacationers scrambling to seek out areas.

Passengers must present proof of a destructive take a look at to their airline earlier than boarding. If a passenger doesn’t present documentation of a destructive take a look at or restoration from COVID-19, or chooses to not take a take a look at, the airline should deny boarding, the CDC says.

The variety of passengers arriving in the USA on worldwide flights has surged since June as journey has rebounded regardless of the persevering with pandemic, in response to Martin Cetron, the director of the CDC’s Division of International Migration and Quarantine.

There have been 2.1 million arrivals between Dec. 1 and Dec. 28, he stated, a median of 76,000 passengers a day and quadruple the variety of passengers in June.

“There’s been this resurgence,” he stated in an interview with USA TODAY earlier than the testing requirement was introduced.

For months, airways have been pushing for a testing program to restart badly depressed worldwide journey – particularly important enterprise journey. Airways financial institution on enterprise vacationers as a result of they purchase expensive last-minute tickets and journey often.

Even with the current uptick in journey, the variety of scheduled worldwide flights to the USA is down sharply. In February, airways have scheduled 29,121 flights, in contrast with 51,500 in February 2020, earlier than the pandemic took maintain, in response to aviation information agency Cirium.

Airways for America, the airline trade commerce group, final week despatched a letter to Vice President Mike Pence urging the federal government to implement a world program to require speedy testing for vacationers to the USA.

The group’s purpose is to cease the unfold of the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 whereas eliminating present entry restrictions on vacationers from Europe, the UK and Brazil, the group stated. 

“These entry restrictions needs to be eliminated concurrently with the testing program, which can present yet one more layer of security within the journey journey,” Nicholas Calio, the group’s CEO, stated within the letter.

The CDC didn’t point out easing entry restrictions in tandem with the brand new testing requirement. USA TODAY has reached out to the CDC and Airways for America for remark.

On Christmas Eve, the CDC ordered destructive coronavirus checks for all vacationers arriving from the U.Okay. after the invention of a brand new coronavirus variant.

Canada went a step additional, requiring all airline passengers over age 5 sure for that nation to have a destructive coronavirus take a look at. Even with a destructive take a look at, arriving passengers are nonetheless required to quarantine for 14 days.


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