US | CDC to Require a Negative COVID Test for Travelers from China

Starting at 12:01 AM ET on January 5, air passengers two years and older originating from the People’s Republic of China (PRC) and the Special Administrative Regions of Hong Kong and Macau will be required to test no more than 2 days before their departure from the PRC, Hong Kong, or Macau, and show a negative test result to the airline upon departure.

Key Information
  • Travelers must use a PCR test or an antigen self-test administered and monitored by a telehealth service or a licensed provider and authorized by the FDA or relevant national authority. The requirement applies to air passengers regardless of nationality and vaccination status.

  • The policy also applies to persons traveling from the PRC via third-country transit and passengers connecting through the United States onward to further destinations.

  • Passengers transiting Incheon International Airport, Toronto Pearson International Airport, and Vancouver International Airport on their way to the United States will be required to provide a negative COVID-19 test if they have been in the PRC in the last 10 days no more than 2 days before their departure to the United States.

  • Passengers who tested positive more than 10 days before the flight can provide documentation of recovery from COVID-19 in place of a negative test result.

  • Airlines must confirm the negative COVID-19 test result or documentation of recovery for all passengers before they board or deny boarding to the passenger.

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