U.S. joins countries requiring pre-flight COVID testing
Jan 14 2021
The UK government has also mandated a negative certificate from a Covid-19 test, done 72 hours prior to departure.
Late Wednesday night the Department for Transport fleshed out the details of the new policy and confirmed that even rapid-result lateral flow tests would be fine.
What are the exemptions for providing a negative Covid-19 test certificate when traveling to the US?
The CDC recommends those arriving from outside the U.S. to get tested again 3-5 days after arrival and stay home for seven days post-travel - something it says will help slow the spread of Covid-19 within United States communities from travel-related infections.
In an 11pm tweet, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps wrote: 'To give global arrivals time to prepare, passengers will be required to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test before departure to England from MONDAY 18 JANUARY at 4am'.
Passengers are being asked regardless of vaccination status to be tested within 72 hours of flying to the US and present written documentation of test results or recovery from the disease.
All passengers arriving into Ireland will have to provide a negative Covid-19 test prior to departure from this Saturday (16 January).
The order affects US citizens as well as foreign travelers.
"We will keep test standards and innovative testing technologies under review", he said.
The new rule is similar to one put in place last month for passengers from the United Kingdom to the U.S., which requires that passengers have a negative test within three days of boarding their flight.
"Testing does not eliminate all risk, but when combined with a period of staying at home and everyday precautions like wearing masks and social distancing, it can make travel safer, healthier, and more responsible by reducing spread on planes, in airports, and at destinations", CDC director Dr. Robert Redfield said in the statement.
But the new order may stop or diminish spread of other new versions of the virus, like one recently identified in South Africa.
Travellers will have to take an internationally approved test, and Mr Courts said guidance on what was acceptable would be made available to passengers and carriers.
Ireland has reported an increasing prevalence in the last three weeks of the new more transmissible COVID-19 variant first discovered in neighbouring Britain.
Delta Air Lines acted quickly to waive any fare difference on worldwide flights to the US for tickets purchased on or before January 12, the day the CDC made the announcement, for travel through February 9.