US to require all international travelers to present negative COVID test

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced yesterday it is expanding the requirement for a negative COVID-19 test to all air passengers entering the United States.

This order was signed by CDC Director Robert R Redfield, MD, on January 12, 2021 and will become effective on January 26, 2021.

“Testing does not eliminate all risk, but when combined with a period of staying at home and everyday precautions like wearing masks and social distancing, it can make travel safer, healthier and more responsible by reducing spread on planes, in airports and at destinations,” he said.

The new protocol comes as the United States experienced record numbers of cases and deaths related to COVID-19 last week.

 

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