Negative Covid-19 test result required for travel to US


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

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

It also said this new rule was 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 added.

It said 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 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 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) also recommends that travellers stay home for seven days after their arrival and get a second test done within three to five days upon arriving in the United States.

Travellers heading to other states in the United States are also 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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