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COVID-19: CDC order requires negative COVID-19 test from all passengers entering U.S.

  1. Original Date Announced

    December 31, 2020

    CDC issues an order requiring a negative pre-departure COVID-19 test for all airline passengers arriving into the United States from the United Kingdom. The order will remain in effect until the earliest of (1) the expiration of the Secretary of Health and Human Services’ declaration that COVID-19 constitutes a public health emergency; (2) the CDC Director rescinds or modifies the order based on specific public health or other considerations; or (3) March 26, 2021. [ID #1267]

    CDC Notice of Order Requiring Negative COVID-19 Test
  2. Effective Date

    December 31, 2020
  4. Biden Administration Action: Under Study

    February 12, 2021

    Proposed Information Collection - Requirement for Negative Pre-Departure Covid–19 Test Result or Documentation of Recovery from Covid–19 for all Airline or other Aircraft Passengers

    On February 12, 2021, the CDC issued a notice inviting comment on its January 12, 2021 order requiring negative COVD-19 test results or proof of recovery for airline passengers arriving into the United States from any foreign country. The comment period closed April 13, 2021.

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  5. Biden Administration Action: Revoked/Replaced

    June 10, 2022

    2022.06.15 Federal Register

    On June 10, 2022, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) rescinded the Order titled “Requirement for Negative Pre-Departure COVID-19 Test Result or Documentation of Recovery from COVID-19 for All Airline or Other Aircraft Passengers Arriving in the United States from any Foreign Country.”

    This rescission took effect for flights departing to the United States from a foreign country at or after 12:01am ET (4:01am GMT) on June 12, 2022. All air passengers, regardless of citizenship or vaccination status, are no longer required to show a negative viral COVID-19 test result, or documentation of recovery from COVID-19, before boarding a flight to the United States.

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Current Status

Not in effect

Most Recent Action

June 10, 2022 Action: Revoked/Replaced 2022.06.15 Federal Register
February 12, 2021
Acted on by Biden Administration
June 10, 2022
Acted on by Biden Administration

Original Trump Policy Status

Status: Final/Actual
Trump Administration Action: Agency Directive
Subject Matter: Border
Agencies Affected: CDC CBP

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