Friday, January 15, 2021

Covid negative report must for flying to US from January 26

New Delhi: Flying to the US from January 26 will require a Covid negative result from a test taken within three days of departure to there or a document of recovery.

The American Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued new rules to prevent the spread of the more infectious strains of the virus that have emerged in several parts of the world now. The UK will also require negative test reports from anyone flying in there from Friday (January 15).

The US CDC in a media statement this Tuesday (January 12) said “airlines must confirm the negative test result for all passengers or documentation of recovery before they board. If a passenger does not provide documentation of a negative test or recovery, or chooses not to take a test, the airline must deny boarding to the passenger.”

The United website says: “Beginning January 26, the CDC will require all travellers flying to or transiting through the US from international destinations, including US citizens, to provide proof of either a negative Covid-19 test or documentation of recovery…. The test (must) be taken within the 3 calendar days prior to departure… Documentation of recovery must include proof of a positive test result and a letter from a licensed health care provider or public health official clearing them for travel… This does not apply to children under two,” United website says.

With new and more infectious strains of Coronavirus emerging in various countries, the US — already witnessing a surge in cases — has taken this step to “help slow the spread of the virus as we work to vaccinate the American public,” says CDC.

“Before departure to the United States, a required test, combined with the CDC recommendations to get tested again 3-5 days after arrival and stay home for 7 days post-travel, will help slow the spread of COVID-19 within US communities from travel-related infections. Pre-departure testing with results known and acted upon before travel begins will help identify infected travellers before they board airplanes,” CDC says.

The UK will also require negative test reports from anyone flying in there from Friday (January 15). The test must be taken within 72 hours of departure for the UK. Those going from certain countries will be required to self-isolate themselves for 10 days on arrival even if they do not have the infection. Failure to comply with the rules will lead to a fine of £500, the UK government decided on Tuesday.

15/01/21 Saurabh Sinha/Times of India

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