The United States Centers for Disease Control (“CDC”) has announced that starting January 26, all international passengers flying to the United States will be required to show proof of a negative COVID-19 swab test.

The new regulation aimed at reducing COVID-19 transmission will require all international passengers to test for infection regardless of vaccination status or their point of destination. Previously, only certain U.S. jurisdictions required passengers to present proof of testing negative (i.e., New York, California, Guam) while other States did not impose such mandates.

Airlines will be required to confirm negative test results before a passenger boards a flight. If an international passenger fails to provide proof of a negative test result, the airline must deny boarding to that passenger. Passengers who have previously tested positive for COVID-19 will not be required to submit negative test results provided the passenger has not displayed any symptoms in the three (3) months preceding testing positive and supported by a letter from a health care provider or public health officer stating that the passenger has been cleared for travel.

The CDC policy, which has the current support of major U.S. airlines, expands a similar rule imposed on British travelers in late December requiring passengers from the United Kingdom to present proof of testing negative for COVID-19 following discovery of a new strain of the virus.

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