Thursday, 28 January, 2021

USA to require all arriving passengers to get Covid-19 test

Mandatory negative COVID test to enter Britain Passengers checking in at the Grantley Adams International Airport en route to Britain
Gustavo Carr | 14 January, 2021, 13:59

In an 11pm tweet, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps wrote: 'To give global arrivals time to prepare, passengers will be required to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test before departure to England from MONDAY 18 JANUARY at 4am'.

What are the new United States norms?

The rules build on a federal mandate that began December 28 requiring negative tests for passengers flying to the us from the United Kingdom, following the discovery of a new variant of the virus that spreads more rapidly.

It has been announced that all incoming travellers to Ireland will need to provide evidence of a negative COVID-19 PCR test upon arrival in the country.

The CDC said travelers must get a viral test within three days before their flight to the US, which will likely send some vacationers scrambling to find locations.

"Testing does not eliminate all risk", CDC Director Robert R. Redfield said in a statement.

"There's been this resurgence, " he said in an interview with USA TODAY before the testing requirement was announced.

"We've been advised that were you to require a test to enter the U.S., it would be either a PCR or an antigen test, both of which are very easily accessible here", Mr D'Aguilar said last night.

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I can imagine other countries are going to impose (preflight testing) on us, he added.

To further protect the American public and slow the spread of the disease, the CDC is recommending fliers get tested again 3-5 days after returning and stay home for 7 days post-travel.

Arrivals from Great Britain and South Africa will continue to require a negative/not detected PCR test AND must continue to isolate for 14 days, even if they take a second test after arrival.

British nationals in Barbados, Antigua and Barbuda and St Lucia can return home without a negative COVID-19 result, at least until January 21.

The government said other types of tests, such as antigen tests, will not be accepted. Passengers will have to pay an immediate fine of £500 for failure to comply with the new regulations on pre-departure testing.

COVID is already widespread in the US, with more than 22 million cases reported to date, including more than 375,000 deaths.

The new strain is not more deadly, however.

A negative laboratory test (paper or electronic proof of result) must be presented by the traveller to the airline or private operator prior to coming to Canada. Those staying more than five days are required to take an antigen test on day five, but last week officials revealed more than 40 percent of travellers in this category have not met this requirement.