All passengers traveling to US need negative Covid test 3 days before flight and UK restrictions won't be lifted
THE United States needs all arriving passengers to get a negative Covid test three days before their flight and restrictions on the United Kingdom won’t be lifted.
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki confirmed the news during a Monday press briefing.
President Joe Biden will not be canceling coronavirus travel restrictions for Europe and Brazil.
Instead of rolling back restrictions, the president will add South Africa to the restricted travel list.
Psaki said: "With the pandemic worsening and more contagious variants spreading, this is not the time to be lifting restrictions on international travel.
"Beginning tomorrow international travelers to the United States must provide proof of a negative test within three days of travel to airlines prior to departure."
She added: "The president is taking these steps on the advice of his Covid-19 and medical team."
In addition to the continued strict travel rules during the Covid pandemic, anyone traveling to the United States must provide proof of a negative Covid test three days before departure.
Biden's reinstatement of coronavirus travel restrictions prevents non-US citizens from entering the country who have been to Brazil, Ireland, the UK, some European countries and South Africa.
The ban is an effort to control the spread of the new "Mutant" Covid-19 strains, according to Public health officials.
It comes after Donald Trump lifted restrictions on Brazil and Europe before he left office last week.
The South African Covid strain is thought to be 50 percent more infectious, and has been detected in at least 20 countries.
The variant has not been found in the US yet, but at least 50 states have seen a deadly strain from the UK, but current vaccines appear to work against the bug.
Health officials are unsure if vaccines are also effective against the South African strain.
The CDC is also set to sign a separate order on Monday requiring masks on all airplanes, ferries, trains, subways, buses, taxis, and ride-share vehicles, officials said.
On Tuesday, the new CDC rules are expected to take effect requiring all international travellers, aged two and over to present a negative Coronavirus test taken within three days of travel.
Or they must have proof of recovery from the virus in order to gain entry to the US.
The CDC will not consider granting temporary exemptions for airlines to exempt travelers from countries with limited testing capacity.
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