Earlier this month it was announced that all incoming international travelers to the US would need to present the negative result of a COVID-19 test before boarding their flight, starting January 26, 2021. As of January 21, President Biden has announced even further requirements, including a mandatory 10-day quarantine upon arrival.
In a press conference yesterday, the president explained that anyone — US citizens and permanent residents included — traveling to the US by plane will “need to test before they get onto that plane before they depart and quarantine when they arrive in America.”
The quarantine requirement is currently under review by federal agencies that handle air travel and public health. Once the review is complete, more details will be released. The pre-testing policy will similarly be reviewed by Homeland Security, Health and Human Services, the Federal Aviation Administration, Transportation Security Administration, and CDC leadership.
Biden has instructed the HHS and Homeland Security secretaries to consider which types of COVID-19 tests will be acceptable, how travelers can show proof of their results, and come up with alternative options for those who don’t have access to testing in the country of departure.
It is also anticipated that once the COVID-19 vaccine becomes more widely available, the inoculation will begin to factor into travel requirements in the form of vaccination certificates.
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