WASHINGTON: Nearly all air travellers will need to present a negative coronavirus test to enter the US under expanded test testing requirements announced on Tuesday.
Under the rules taking effect on 26 January, nearly all travellers, including US citizens must show a negative test within three days of departure or documentation of recovery from Covid-19, under an order signed by US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Robert Redfield.
All travellers aged two and older must comply except passengers who are only transiting through the US.
The CDC will also consider waivers of testing requirements for airlines flying to countries with little or no testing capacity, including some places in the Caribbean.
The order dramatically broadens a requirement imposed on 28 December for travellers arriving from the UK as a more transmissible variant of the virus circulated there.
In an interview, Marty Cetron, Director of CDC’s global migration and quarantine division, said: “We to have really up the ante. We have to take these mutations seriously.”
Canada imposed similar rules for nearly all international arrivals starting 7 January, as have many other countries.