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

  1. Date Announced

    Dec. 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]

    See Biden administration action below.

    View Policy Document
  2. Effective Date of Change

    Dec. 31, 2020
  3. Subsequent Action

    January 12, 2021

    On January 12, 2021, the CDC issued a new order superseding its order pertaining to passengers from the UK. The new order requires a negative COVID-19 test result or proof of recovery for passengers entering the United States from any foreign country.

    CDC Global COVID Testing Order
  4. Biden Administration Action

    February 12, 2021

    This Biden administration policy invites comment on the Trump-era policy identified in this entry.

    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.

    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

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