January 12, 2021 7:40 PM | With information from EFE
15 minutes. The US government is planning to start requiring all international travelers to test negative for covid-19 before flying into the country, as announced on Tuesday The Wall Street Journal (WSJ).
The newspaper noted that the announcement from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) would arrive this Tuesday. This will take effect on January 26.
CDC order will require coronavirus testing to all passengers flying from abroad, including returning Americans. This comes when it concerns the expansion of the variant of the virus from the United Kingdom and of which cases were found in the United States.
Since the end of December, the US requires the presentation of a negative test carried out maximum 72 hours before the trip to those who fly from British airports.
The measure affects few travelers because, in March, President Donald Trump, already restricted the entry of foreigners from the United Kingdom. This reduced air traffic between the two countries by 90%, according to official data.
Currently, the US prohibits the entry of travelers from many countries, including those of the European Union (EU), unless they are US citizens, permanent residents or have an exemption.
In your information, the WSJ does not clarify if COVID-19 tests will replace those measures or if they will be added to them. However, the second option is more likely as it is the one being used with the United Kingdom.
The newspaper, in any case, recalls that airlines have long demanded to replace travel restrictions and quarantines with tests for all passengers and that they recently wrote to the outgoing vice president, Mike Pence, defending that idea.
The United States is the country hardest hit by the pandemic, accumulating more than 22.6 million cases and more than 378,000 deaths, according to the latest figures.