The US will now require negative COVID-19 tests from international travellers
Well folks the US is finally taking a serious step in attempting to curb the COVID-19 pandemic. The US will soon require international airline passengers to prove that they have tested negative for COVID-19 within three days of their flights. Finally!
Now the thing about this is that international air arrivals are down by over 70%. So while this is a step in the right direction it would actually make more sense to require Americans to also test negative while flying within the country. After all, the US isn’t exactly at the top of anyone’s travel list at the moment with its case numbers. But every little bit counts right?
If you’re abroad and plan to return to the US check https://t.co/iowVxipJPO and with your airline to see if a negative COVID-19 test is required to board. Requirements for travel are changing quickly. Register in #STEP to receive updates. https://t.co/39m0WOLHFn pic.twitter.com/TPNInHEjvR
— Travel – State Dept (@TravelGov) January 12, 2021
If you happen to be planning a visit to the US, the new rule goes into effect on January 26th. But if you’re an American, you should get tested for COVID-19 even if you’re making a routine, in-country flight. After all, these measures are about protecting others. And you wouldn’t want to be the person who exposes a plane full of people.
If you’d like to learn more about the new testing guidelines you can click here. We are happy to see the US finally taking actionable steps. And we sincerely hope that they extend this rule to all US air travel. Because the more lax the rules, the longer this gets drawn out for everyone.