US requires negative Covid-19 tests for UK passengers

The United States would require all airline passengers arriving from the UK to check negative for Covid-19 inside 72 hours of departure beginning on Monday amid considerations a couple of new coronavirus variant that could be extra transmissible.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) stated in a press release that every one airline passengers arriving from the UK should take a look at negative to be able to fly to the US.

The choice was a turnaround after the Trump administration advised US airways on Tuesday it was not planning to require any testing for arriving UK passengers.

The choice follows the emergence of a extremely infectious new coronavirus variant in Britain that has prompted many international locations to close their borders to travellers from there.

United Airlines and Delta Airlines stated yesterday that they have been requiring all passengers on flights from the UK to the US to current a negative Covid-19 take a look at taken inside 72 hours of departure.

The CDC stated passengers should take a look at negative through both a PCR or Antigen take a look at.

The CDC stated "viruses constantly change through mutation, and preliminary analysis in the UK suggests that this new variant may be up to 70% more transmissible than previously circulating variants."

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The CDC famous that in March President Donald Trump suspended entry of practically all overseas nationals who visited the United Kingdom up to now 14 days, which has diminished air journey to the US from Britain by about 90%.

Under the brand new coverage, passengers departing from the UK for the United States should present written documentation of their laboratory take a look at end result (in laborious copy or digital) to the airline, the CDC stated.

Airlines should affirm negative take a look at outcomes for all passengers earlier than they board. If passengers select to not take a take a look at, the airline should deny boarding.

The CDC stated the order will probably be signed at present and is efficient Monday.

Delta's coverage, expanded from its choice on Monday to require the screenings on UK flights to New York's JFK Airport, is efficient since yesterday, whereas United's requirement begins 28 December.

On Monday, the three airways that fly from London to JFK – Delta, British Airways and Virgin Atlantic – agreed to a request from New York Governor Andrew Cuomo that they display screen passengersfrom Britain.

US airways have already drastically scaled again flying to the UK, in addition to the remainder of Europe.

primarily based on website supplies www.rte.ie

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