CDC order requiring negative COVID test for international travelers takes effect

Starting at 12:01 a.m. Eastern time Jan. 26, international travelers bound for the U.S. will have to get a “negative” COVID test no more than three days before arriving.

That requirement is contained in an order issued by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Jan. 12. The order takes effect just after midnight tonight.


Travelers will need to be tested no more than three days before traveling by air into the United States and will be required to show their negative result to the airline before boarding, or be prepared to show documentation of recovery (proof of a recent positive viral test and a letter from their healthcare provider or a public health official stating that they were cleared to travel).

Air passengers will also be required to confirm that the information they present is true in the form of an attestation.

More information, along with a list of frequently asked questions, is available here

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