The US Government Makes Negative COVID Test Mandatory For All UK Passengers Traveling To The US

The US Government Makes Negative COVID Test Mandatory For All UK Passengers Traveling To The US

Since a new variant of the SARS-CoV-2 virus has been causing havoc in the UK, the US has asked all airline passengers, who are arriving from the UK to have a negative COVID19 test within 72 hours of starting the journey. The US government has taken this decision to prevent the spread of the new variant across the country. Officials have said that the order will come into effect from next week. The US Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has said that all airline passengers from the UK need to test negative for COVID19 in order to travel to the US. This decision has come as a shock to many as the Trump administration has earlier said that the government is not thinking of making negative COVID tests mandatory for arriving UK passengers. The decision has come after many countries have closed their borders for travelers arriving from the UK due to the spread of the deadly new variant of the SARS-CoV-2 virus in Britain. The British embassy has chosen to keep mum on this issue as of now. United Airlines and Delta Airlines as well have declared that they will require all passengers traveling from the UK to show a negative test for COVID19 within 72 hours of departure.
The CDC has said that passengers traveling from the UK need to test negative through either PCR or Antigen test. The officials from the CDC have said that the viruses keep changing through mutation and their preliminary analysis shows that the new variant of the virus in the UK is 70 percent more contagious than the original variant, which has been spreading across the world. The CDC has reported that in the month of March, the US government has deferred the entry of all foreign nationals who have traveled to the UK in the past two weeks. This decision has cut off around 90 percent of air travel to the US from the UK. Now, the travelers arriving from the UK will need to provide written documents of their lab test outcomes to the airline under the new policy. Airlines need to confirm that all passengers traveling from the UK have produced their negative test for COVID19 before they start boarding. If passengers refuse to take the test, airlines must reject their boarding, said the CDC officials.
Three airlines, which fly from London to New York’s JFK Airport including British Airways, and Virgin Atlantic, have agreed to a request from New York Governor Andrew Cuomo that they will be screening passengers from the UK. As many European countries have suspended airline travel from the UK, the US as well as scaled back flying to the United Kingdom.