The United States is requiring COVID-19 testing for all travelers coming from China, as the country continues to see a surge in cases. The new policy, which went into effect on January 2, 2021, applies to both U.S. citizens and non-citizens and includes a negative COVID-19 test taken within three days of departure from China. Travelers will also be required to provide proof of the negative test result to the airline before boarding a flight to the United States.
The decision to implement this testing requirement for travelers from China comes as the country is experiencing a resurgence of COVID-19 cases, particularly in the northern provinces of Hebei and Liaoning. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 4 travel warning for China, which urges Americans not to travel to the country due to the ongoing outbreak.
This move follows similar testing requirements for travelers from other countries, including the United Kingdom, South Africa, and Brazil, as concerns grow over new strains of the virus that have emerged in these countries. The new testing requirement is also in line with the U.S. government’s efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19 and protect public health.
The testing requirement will apply to all airlines operating flights between China and the United States, including state-owned and privately owned airlines. The U.S. government is also working with airlines to ensure that they are able to implement the testing requirement effectively.
While the new testing requirement may cause some inconvenience for travelers, it is a necessary step to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. It is important for individuals to take responsibility for their own health and the health of others by getting tested before traveling. The U.S. government will also continue to work closely with other countries and organizations to slow the spread of COVID-19 and protect public health.
The COVID-19 pandemic has caused major disruptions to travel and other aspects of daily life around the world. By implementing this testing requirement for travelers from China, the U.S. government is taking a step to help slow the spread of the virus and protect public health. The hope is this will help the country to reach herd immunity and the end of the pandemic.