Any international traveler flying to the United States will need to have a negative coronavirus test from within three days of the flight, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Tuesday, USA Today reports.
All passengers must either have proof of a negative coronavirus test or proof of a positive antibody test. If a passenger cannot produce such documentation, they will be denied boarding onto the flight. Passengers who refuse to take an offered test at the airport will also be denied passage.
“Testing does not eliminate all risk,” CDC Director Robert R. Redfield said in a statement,“but when combined with a period of staying at home and everyday precautions like wearing masks and social distancing, it can make travel safer, healthier, and more responsible by reducing spread on planes, in airports and at destinations.”
The directive said nothing about people who have received the newly-introduced coronavirus vaccines.