US to require negative virus tests from all international passengers arriving by air.

The US Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has announced that before boarding their flights, all international passengers flying to the US will first need to show proof of a negative coronavirus test.

The new policy comes into effect on 26 January 2021. Previously this process related only to travellers from the UK.

“Testing does not eliminate all risk,” Dr Robert R. Redfield, the Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said the statement describing the new policy.

“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.”