Beginning January 26, 2021, all arriving international passengers will need to get a COVID-19 test pre-departure – including U.S. citizens returning home.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention made the announcement this week, saying in a statement that all international passengers will need to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test in order to enter the United States.
According to the CDC, all international passengers traveling to the U.S. must take a viral test at least three days before their departure and will need to provide the airline with a paper or electronic copy of their negative test result.
The CDC also recommends international passengers get tested again three to five days after traveling and stay home for seven days after they arrive in the United States.
“Testing does not eliminate all risk,” CDC Director Robert R. Redfield said in a statement. “But when combined with a period of staying at home and everyday precautions like wearing masks and social distancing, it can make travel safer, healthier and more responsible by reducing spread on planes, in airports and at destinations.”