Travel From UK to US Requires Negative COVID Result
People arriving into the US from the UK are now required to show proof of a negative PCR or antigen test, with results from no more than 72 hours prior to departure from the UK.
The mandate was issued by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and came into effect from December 28, 2020.
Under the new rule, airlines must confirm the negative test result before they allow passengers from the UK to board flights bound for the US.
In the event a passenger refuses to take or present a valid test result, the airline is required to deny them boarding.
There are currently restrictions in place for travel between the UK and US, although exceptions can be granted for qualifying individuals including U.S. citizens, permanent residents, and some family members.
The new requirement comes in response to the outbreak in the UK of a new strain of the coronavirus, although the new variant has already been detected in California, Colorado, Florida, and New York.
In light of the new testing rule, Airlines for America, a trade group representing major US airlines have made a formal request to the US Vice President that such a testing protocol be adopted to replace travel bans currently in place for travel from the UK, Europe and other parts of the world.
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Last updated: December 31, 2020