New Requirement from CDC for International Air Travelers Affects Passengers Inbound to the U.S.

Stacey Doud

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) announced at the end of January 2021 an Order requiring that all air passengers arriving to the US from a foreign country get tested for COVID no more than 3 days before their flight departs. These passengers will have to present documentation either indicating a negative result or proof of having recovered from COVID-19 (proof of a recent positive viral test and a letter from their healthcare provider or a public health official stating that they are cleared to travel) to the airline before boarding the flight. They will also be required to confirm that the information they present is true in the form of an attestation.


The CDC also recommends the following after completing travel:

  • Get tested 3-5 days after travel AND stay home and self-quarantine for 7 days after travel.
  • Even if you test negative, stay home and self-quarantine for the full 7 days.
  • If your test is positive, isolate yourself to protect others from getting infected.​​
  • ​If you don’t get tested, it’s safest to stay home and self-quarantine for 10 days after travel.​
  • Avoid being around people who are at increased risk for severe illness for 14 days, whether you get tested or not.

For more information, visit the CDC website HERE.

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