Soon ALL Passengers Coming to the US Will Be Required to Get COVID Test
I know that I am not alone when I was planning on traveling out of the country this year after having so many travel restrictions last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. And while you are allowed to travel, KDVR is reporting that soon anyone traveling internationally will soon need to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test. This announcement was made yesterday (Tuesday, January 12th) by health officials.
This new guideline is being put in place expands upon the current requirement by the Center for Disease Control for all passengers to be tested when arriving from the United Kingdom.
The COVID-19 numbers being reported so far include 375,000 deaths within the United States and over 22 million people have tested positive for the virus. These new measures by the CDC are supposed to prevent any new forms of the virus which scientists say can spread more easily.
This new order is set to take effect in just two weeks beginning on Tuesday, January 26th. This seems like a short time to implement all of these changes. But what it boils down to is that passengers arriving in the U.S. need to show a negative COVID-19 test within three days before they arrive here. Travelers could also provide documentation showing they have had the infection and have since recovered from the illness and any symptoms.
Airlines are supposed to stop any passenger who doesn't have proof of a negative test or a prior infection.
I feel like this is going to be a challenge for all airlines to get this organized and in place in just two weeks. Also, there are so many questions such as will testing be available at all airports soon? This will be interesting, but just a heads up for all international travelers, you will need a COVID test soon to get back into the U.S.