U.S. to Require Negative Covid-19 Test for All Travelers From U.K.

The United States will certainly need all airline company guests showing up from Britain to examine unfavorable for the coronavirus within 72 hrs of their separation, the Centers for Disease Control as well as Prevention claimed on Thursday.

The relocation comes as a brand-new extremely transmissible variation of the infection, which initially showed up in Britain, has actually led nations to secure their boundaries to tourists from there.

The brand-new policy, which works on Monday, will put on Americans in addition to international people, as well as will certainly need guests to reveal evidence of an adverse outcome on a hereditary examination, called a P.C.R., or an antigen examination.

“This additional testing requirement will fortify our protection of the American public to improve their health and safety and ensure responsible international travel,” the C.D.C. claimed in a declaration.

Passengers will certainly be called for to“provide written documentation of their laboratory test result (in hard copy or electronic) to the airline,” the C.D.C. claimed, including that “if a passenger chooses not to take a test, the airline must deny boarding to the passenger.”

The brand-new guidelines were a turnaround for the Trump management, which originally informed American airplanes that the federal government would certainly not need screening for tourists from Britain.

United Airlines, Virgin Atlantic as well as Delta Air Lines had actually currently introduced comparable plans, calling for all guests on their trips in between Britain as well as the United States to send evidence of an adverse examination result within 72 hrs of separation. British Airways had actually additionally been calling for unfavorable examination results for guests showing up in New York.

Several of the airline companies introduced their plans after a need from Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo of New York that guests showing up from London to John F. Kennedy International Airport would certainly require to give documents of an adverse examination outcome.

“We can’t let history repeat itself with this new variant,” Mr. Cuomo had written on Twitter.

Also on Thursday, Gov. Phil Murphy of New Jersey claimed that guests getting to Newark Airport would certainly require unfavorable examinations within 72 hrs of separation to go into.

The American traveling demands are much less extreme than those of various other nations in Europe as well as Asia, which disallowed all tourists from Britain after the brand-new coronavirus alternative arised. Experts are hesitant that traveling restrictions can quit the spread of the variation. In truth, Dr. Anthony S. Fauci, the leading U.S. contagious condition professional, claimed there was a likelihood that the variation was currently in the nation.

“I don’t think that that kind of a draconian approach is necessary,” he claimed of a traveling restriction on “PBS NewsHour.” “I think we should seriously consider the possibility of requiring testing of people before they come from the U.K. here.”

A current research study by British researchers located no proof that the variation was a lot more dangerous than others. But the scientists approximated that it was 56 percent a lot more infectious. The nation additionally introduced a restriction on traveling from South Africa after the health and wellness assistant, Matt Hancock, claimed 2 individuals had actually been uncovered with an additional variation that arised in the African nation. Another variation has actually additionally arised in Nigeria.

The British authorities today placed a lot of England under recently tightened up limitations on traveling as well as mingling, as well as cautioned that institutions as well as colleges could quickly need to shut.

Vivian Wang added coverage.