Negative COVID-19 test mandatory for United States travel from January 26

Mandatory negative COVID test to enter Britain

The director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is expected to sign today or Wednesday an order requiring all worldwide passengers to show proof of a negative Covid-19 test before boarding flights to the United States, a federal health official tells CNN.

If a passenger tests positive, the CDC will not require further testing for three months if the traveler shows no symptoms; they must provide documentation and a letter from a health care provider or public health official clearing them for travel.

"Testing before and after travel is a critical layer to slow the introduction and spread of COVID-19".

The United States has joined a string of other countries requiring global arrivals to take a pre-flight COVID test as it attempts to slow the introduction of new variants.

Travellers arriving from Great Britain and South Africa will still be obliged to self-isolate for 14 days after their arrival in Ireland, even if they undergo a second PCR test after entering the country.

Anyone flying to the U.S. will soon need to show proof of a negative test for Covid-19, health officials have announced.

'You should not be denied boarding for failing to provide proof of a negative test result, and will not be fined on arrival into England'.

The order affects USA citizens as well as foreign travelers. "With the USA already in surge status, the testing requirement for air passengers will help slow the spread of the virus as we work to vaccinate the American public", the CDC announcement said. Redfield added, when combined with other preventative measures, testing "can make travel safer, healthier, and more responsible by reducing spread on planes, in airports, and at destinations".

Travellers from green and orange list countries, as set out by the European Union traffic light system, will not have to restrict their movements upon arrival in Ireland, but they will be expected to adhere to local public health guidelines.

The earlier requirement for United Kingdom travelers was a response to a new coronavirus variant that was recently identified in the UK.

The Bahamas now requires all travellers to present a negative PCR test taken within five days of travel to enter the country.

The CDC says this does not represent the total number of cases circulating in the U.S., but rather just those that have been found by analyzing positive samples.

Some epidemiologists have warned it is likely that new, more transmissible variants are already establishing themselves in the United States, where more than 379,000 people have died from Covid-19 and over 3,000 more are dying every day.

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.

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