Will Americans need a negative COVID test to fly domestically?

January 28, 2021
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Earlier this week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued new guidelines requiring a negative COVID test for international passengers traveling to the United States.

Many are now wondering if the same guidelines will be instituted for Americans traveling domestically.

Reuters reports the government is “actively looking” at tightening restrictions to make a negative COVID test mandatory for air travel within the 50 states.

During a call with reporters this week, Dr. Marty Cetron, director for the Division of Global Migration and Quarantine at the CDC, was asked about the possible expansion of mandatory COVID tests and said conversations “are ongoing and looking at what the types and locations of testing might be," per the news service.

"We're actively looking at it,” Cetron added.

While there are currently no restrictions on traveling domestically, the CDC has continually advised that nonessential travel be avoided.

The new CDC rules which took effect this week require international air passengers (including US citizens) over the age of 2 to show proof of a negative COVID test, which must be taken within three calendar days of travel in order to enter the US.

The requirement is only for international air travel and isn’t in effect for land border crossings from Canada or Mexico.

After arriving, air travelers are advised to take another COVID test within 3 to 5 days and self-quarantine for seven days. Those that don’t get tested after arriving are advised to self-quarantine for 10 days.

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