U.S. to Require Negative Covid-19 Test for All Travelers From U.K.


The United States will require all passengers arriving from the UK to test negative for the coronavirus within 72 hours of their departure, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday.

The move comes as a new highly transmissible variant of the virus, which first appeared in the UK, has led countries to seal their borders to travelers from there.

The new rule, which goes into effect on Monday, applies to both Americans and foreign nationals and requires passengers to provide evidence of a negative result in a genetic test known as a PCR or antigen test.

“This additional test requirement will strengthen our protection of the American public to improve their health and safety and to ensure responsible international travel,” the CDC said in a statement.

Passengers are required to provide the airline with “written documentation of their laboratory test result (in print or electronic form),” the CDC said, adding, “If a passenger does not take a test, the airline must refuse to board the passenger.”