CDC Announces COVID-19 Testing Requirement for All U.S Air Passengers

On Tuesday, January 12th, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) issued an Order requiring all air passengers arriving to the United States following international travel to present a negative COVID-19 test result, or documentation of having recovered from COVID-19, prior to boarding. The test must be completed no more than 3 days before flight departure. If a passenger has recently recovered from COVID-19, they must present a recent positive viral test, in addition to a letter from their healthcare provider or a public health official confirming clearance to travel. The CDC’s Order applies to all air passengers 2 years of age or older, including U.S. citizens, and does not exempt individuals impacted by the H-1, L-1, and J-1 entry ban under Proclamation 10052 or the COVID-19 travel bans from having to prove that they qualify for an exception in order to secure a new nonimmigrant visa stamp. This Order will go into effect at 12:01 EST on Tuesday, January 26, 2021.

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