The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced a critical update on December 28, 2022, regarding new travel protocols aimed at curbing the spread of COVID-19. This new regulation affects air passengers traveling from the People’s Republic of China (PRC), including the Special Administrative Regions of Hong Kong and Macau, to the United States.

New Testing Requirement for Passengers from the PRC

Beginning at 12:01 AM ET on January 5, 2023, a pivotal measure comes into effect: all air passengers aged two years and older departing from the PRC, Hong Kong, or Macau, must undergo a COVID-19 test within two days prior to their departure. They must present a negative test result to the airline before boarding.

Scope of the Requirement

This testing requirement is comprehensive, encompassing passengers of all nationalities and vaccination statuses. It is also applicable to those transiting through third countries en route to the U.S. and those connecting within the U.S. to other destinations.

Specific Provisions for Transit Passengers

Travelers transiting through key international hubs such as Incheon International Airport, Toronto Pearson International Airport, and Vancouver International Airport, and who have been in the PRC within the last 10 days, will also need to comply with the testing mandate.

Documentation for Recovered Passengers

In lieu of a negative test, passengers who have tested positive for COVID-19 more than 10 days prior to their flight can instead provide documented proof of recovery.

Airlines’ Responsibility

Airlines are tasked with verifying the negative COVID-19 test results or recovery documentation for all passengers. Failure to present this documentation will result in the denial of boarding.

Ongoing Monitoring and Adjustments

The CDC will continue to monitor travel patterns and make necessary adjustments to its approach. This ensures timely communication and the safety of American residents amidst evolving global health challenges.

Read the Full Guidance from the CDC Here

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