January 20, 2021
Event: New COVID-19 Testing Requirements for Travel to the United States
Effective January 26, 2021, all aircraft passengers two years of age and older, departing from any foreign country to a destination in the United States, must provide:
- pre-boarding proof of a negative result for SARS-CoV-2 test performed in the past 72 hours and an attestation to the veracity of the test, OR
- written or electronic documentation of recovery from COVID-19 in the preceding 90 days in the form of a positive viral test result taken within the 90 days preceding the flight and a letter from a licensed health care provider or public health official stating the passenger has been cleared for travel.
The order applies to all travelers including U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents, and foreign officials traveling for official purposes with limited exceptions for airline personnel and U.S. military and law enforcement on orders. For further details and frequently asked questions, please visit the Centers of Disease Control website.
Air carriers will not board passengers who do not meet these requirements. Accordingly, travelers to the United States should check with their air carrier or travel representative prior to departure.
Actions to Take:
- Consult the CDC website for the most up-to-date information.
- Check with your air carriers or travel representative prior to departure for the United States.
- Visit the Embassy’s COVID-19 Country-Specific page for up-to-date information on COVID-19, including availability of testing.
- Visit the Department of Homeland Security’s website on the latest travel restrictions to the United States.