The United States Government is planning to begin requiring all international travelers to test negative for COVID-19 before flying into the country, The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) announced on Tuesday.
The newspaper, which cites anonymous sources with knowledge of the matter, noted that the official announcement by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) may arrive today and will take effect on January 26.
The CDC order will require coronavirus testing of all passengers flying from abroad, including returning Americans, and comes at a time when there is concern about the spread of the new variant of the virus registered in the United Kingdom. and of which several cases have already been found in the United States.
Since the end of December, the country has already required the presentation of a negative coronavirus test carried out as maximum 72 hours before travel for those who fly from British airports.
The measure affects a relatively small number of travelers because, In March, President Donald Trump, already restricted the entry of foreigners from the United Kingdom, which reduced air traffic between the two countries by 90%, according to official data.
At present, The US prohibits the entry of travelers from many countries, including those of the European Union (EU), unless they are US citizens, permanent residents or have any exemptions.
In its information, the WSJ does not clarify if COVID-19 tests will replace those measures or if they will be added to them, although the second option is more likely, since it is the one being used with the United Kingdom.
The newspaper, in any case, remembers that Airlines have long demanded to replace travel restrictions and quarantines with tests for all passengers and that they recently wrote to the outgoing vice president, Mike Pence, defending that idea.
The United States is the country hardest hit by the pandemic in the world and has already accumulated more than 22.6 million cases and more than 378,000 deaths, according to the latest figures. (I)