The U.S. government is expected to require all international airline passengers to show proof of a negative Covid-19 test before boarding flights to the country, with reports indicating that the Centers for Disease Control is slated to issue an order Tuesday.
The order would prohibit anyone from flying into the U.S. without a negative COVID-19 test result. The new regulation would go into effect on Jan. 26, sources said. This comes amid a significant rise in COVID-19 cases following a more contagious strain of the new coronavirus originally discovered in the U.K.
On Dec. 28 the CDC began requiring almost all airline passengers arriving from Britain – including U.S. citizens – to test negative for COVID-19 within 72 hours of departure. Those under 2 and passengers connecting through the UK are exempt.
Canada imposed similar rules for nearly all international arrivals starting Jan. 7, as have many other countries.
It is left to be seen how travel from the Caribbean will be affected by this new requirement as the CDC Travel Advisories and category levels have pitted country against country. This blanket requirement will shift the focus from individual states to a more uniform policy.