Entry USA: Negative COVID-19 test result required

The regulation is to come into force in January.

14 January 2021

In future, flights to America must be preceded by a negative Corona-test must be presented. This also applies to U.S. citizens who want to return home.

New regulation from the end of January

In an effort to curb the spread of the pandemic, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) announced that a new rule will go into effect on January 26. This means that a valid proof of a negative Covid-19 test must be presented before travelling to the USA.

Airline may refuse boarding

International travellers and also American citizens must now send the negative results to their airline at least three days before departure. However, an IgG antibody test is not sufficient, the virus diagnosis must be made with the so-called PCR test. The airline itself is responsible for checking these documents. If a passenger shows a positive test result or a covid disease that has been overcome, the airline must refuse boarding, according to the CDC.

Test again after arrival

Furthermore, travellers are advised to get tested again no later than three days after arrival in America and to go into quarantine for seven days. However, this is not mandatory. The new regulation will apply to all international flights to the USA, regardless of the departure point and the citizenship or visa of the travellers.

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