The U.S. government is expected to require all international air passengers to show evidence of a negative Covid-19 test before boarding flights to the country, say people familiar with the matter.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention plans to place its order as soon as Tuesday after weeks of discussions between federal agencies and the White House Coronavirus Task Force. The order is expected to take effect on January 26, according to a person familiar with the matter. The CDC and other administration officials were still finalizing the order.
The CDC order for universal testing of passengers, including for US citizens returning from abroad, comes weeks after the Trump administration imposed a test requirement on UK travelers over concerns about a more infectious strain of the virus discovered there . Since then, the new tribe has been found elsewhere in the world, and its presence in the United States has been confirmed.
The U.S. requirement comes at a difficult time for the aviation industry and international travelers facing a thicket of various test protocols and quarantine requirements around the world, including public health advice urging people to stay home.
U.S. carriers have expressed support for the new requirement, but argued that upgraded test protocols should replace travel restrictions and quarantines to reduce the spread of Covid-1