Vacationers flying to the US from worldwide locations might want to present proof of a adverse COVID-19 take a look at earlier than boarding their flight.
The US Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention introduced the brand new coverage on Tuesday and stated it should take impact on January 26. The company stated it hopes the brand new testing requirement will assist curb the unfold of the virus, which is at present growing in the US as launch of the vaccine continues.
“Testing doesn’t get rid of all dangers,” CDC Director Robert R. Redfield stated in an announcement, “however when mixed with a interval of residence keep and day by day precautions, corresponding to carrying masks and social distancing, could make journey safer, more healthy and extra accountable by decreasing the unfold in airplanes, airports and locations ”.
The CDC stated vacationers ought to get a viral take a look at inside three days earlier than their flight to the US, which can probably make some vacationers battle to seek out locations throughout their journey.
Passengers might want to present proof of a adverse take a look at to their airline earlier than boarding. If a passenger fails to offer documentation of a adverse COVID-19 take a look at or restoration, 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 US on worldwide flights has elevated since June as journey has recovered regardless of the persevering with pandemic, in keeping with Martin Cetron, director of the CDC’s Division of World Migration and Quarantine.
There have been 2.1 million arrivals between Dec. 1 and Dec. 28, he stated, a mean of 76,000 passengers per day and 4 occasions the variety of passengers in June.
“There was 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 trial program to restart very depressed worldwide journey, particularly crucial enterprise journey. Airways belief enterprise vacationers as a result of they purchase costly last-minute tickets and journey continuously.
Even with the current improve in journey, the variety of worldwide flights scheduled to the US has dropped dramatically. In February, airways scheduled 29,121 flights, up from 51,500 in February 2020, earlier than the pandemic took maintain, in keeping with aviation knowledge agency Cirium.
Airways for America, the airline business commerce group, despatched a letter to Vice President Mike Pence final week urging the federal government to implement a world program to require fast exams for vacationers to the US.
The group’s purpose is to cease the unfold of the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 whereas eradicating present entry restrictions for vacationers from Europe, the UK and Brazil, the group stated.
“These entry restrictions ought to be eliminated similtaneously the testing program, which can present an extra layer of security on the journey,” Nicholas Calio, the group’s chief government, stated within the letter.
The CDC didn’t point out the easing of entry restrictions together with the brand new testing requirement. USA TODAY has reached out to CDC and Airways for America for remark.
On Christmas Eve, the CDC ordered adverse COVID exams for all vacationers arriving from the UK because of the discovery of a brand new variant of coronavirus.
Canada went one step additional and required that every one airline passengers over the age of 5 sure for that nation have a adverse COVID take a look at. Even with a adverse take a look at, arriving passengers should stay in quarantine for 14 days.