Negative Covid-19 test result required three days before flying to US, says embassy


PETALING JAYA: Travellers to the United States will need to present a negative Covid-19 test result three days before their flight starting Jan 26.

In a statement, the US Embassy in Malaysia said travellers would need to provide a physical or electronic copy of their test results before their departure.

It also said this new rule is an expansion of a requirement that was already in place for select countries.

"Alternatively, air passengers may provide documentation of having recovered from Covid-19 in the 90 days preceding travel. Airlines must confirm the negative test result for all passengers or documentation of recovery before they board," the embassy said.

It added that if a passenger does not provide documentation of a negative test or recovery or chooses not to take a test, the airline must not allow the passenger to board the flight.

The new rule applies to all air passengers travelling to the United States aged two years and above including US citizens, legal permanent residents and non-immigrant and immigrant visa holders.

The US Centres for Disease Control (CDC) also recommends travellers stay at home for seven days after their arrival and get a second test done within three to five days of arriving in the country.

Travellers that intend to continue their journey to other states in the United States are advised to check other guidelines imposed by the individual states as there may be stricter requirements.

More information about the new rule can be found at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/testing-international-air-travelers.html.

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