January 14, 2021

U.S. Requires Negative Covid-19 Test Prior to Entry

As of January 26, 2021, all international passengers traveling into the United States will be required to complete and document a negative viral Covid-19 test within 3 days of their departure. The requirement applies to all travelers aged two years and above departing from any country and includes U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents.

In an attempt to slow the spread of the coronavirus as vaccination rollout efforts continue, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced that proof of a negative laboratory test result (either paper or electronic copy) will be required of all travelers entering the country at the time of boarding their flights. Individuals who have recently had Covid-19 will need to provide evidence from a doctor’s office that they are fully recovered.

For acceptance prior to boarding, the personal details on the requested laboratory test results must match the name on the passenger's passport, must reflect a negative result, and must include the method of testing to ensure it is a viral test. Failure to provide the necessary documentation will result in an inability to board the flight.

The latest announcement expands an earlier order concerning travelers entering from the U.K. The new CDC order covering all travelers is scheduled to expire on December 31, 2021 and at present, does not yet apply to land ports of entry.

For further information on travel requirements for the U.S., please contact the Sterling Lexicon immigration team.
 

 
Leanne Cottrell

Leanne Cottrell

As Head of Immigration with Sterling Lexicon, Leanne leads a team of specialists who are responsible for ensuring the entire immigration process is smooth and stress-free for clients, assignees and their accompanying family members. She brings over ten years of experience in strategic immigration management, planning and consultation to her role, and has cultivated invaluable knowledge and experience in processing countless global migration applications. As a trusted partner, she consults with clients on everything from policy considerations and cost or efficiency improvements, to the impact of opening offices in new locations. Leanne is a frequent presenter and author on global immigration topics and trends.

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