Today, President Trump takes another step to protect the health of the American people by requiring air passengers arriving from the UK to test negative via PCR or Antigen testing no more than 72 hours before departure from the UK to the UK United States.
The public health authorities in the UK recently announced the discovery of a new variant of SARS-CoV-2. Viruses are constantly changing through mutation, and preliminary analysis in the UK suggests that this new variant may be up to 70% more transmissible than previous circulating variants.
On March 14, President Trump issued one President’s Proclamation to suspend entry for foreign nationals who have visited the United Kingdom within the last 14 days. This has reduced flights to the US from the UK by approx. 90%. This additional test requirement will strengthen our protection of the American public in order to improve their health and safety and ensure responsible international travel. The order complies with existing CDC test guidelines and the U.S. Department of Transportation / Federal Aviation Administration in the “Roadway to Recovery” document.
This new order is in line with the measures taken so far to increase our ability to detect and contain COVID-19 proactively and aggressively.
Passengers must have one viral test (ie a test for current infection) within the 3 days before their flight from the UK to the US, and provide written documentation of their laboratory test results (in paper or electronic) to the airline. Airlines must confirm the negative test result for all passengers before boarding. If a passenger chooses not to take a test, the carrier must refuse boarding to the passenger.
This order will be signed tomorrow, December 25, and will take effect on December 28, 2020.