To help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and help our country cope during the pandemic, CDC has occasionally issued legally binding orders and regulations.
- Face Masks Required on Public Transportation and at Transportation Hubs
People must wear face masks in indoor areas of public transportation traveling into, within, or out of the United States and indoors at U.S. transportation hubs, including airports.
- Negative COVID-19 Test or Documentation of Recovery Needed to Board a Flight to the US
Air passengers, 2 years or older, traveling to the United States from another country must present a negative COVID-19 test result or documentation of recovery from COVID-19 before boarding their flights. Regardless of vaccination status, passengers ages 2 or older are required to present a negative COVID-19 viral test result from a sample taken no more than 1 day before travel. Alternatively, passengers may present documentation showing that they tested positive for COVID-19 on a sample taken within the past 90 days and have been cleared to travel (documentation of recovery).
- Order Implementing Proclamation on Safe Resumption of Global Travel During the COVID-19 Pandemic
CDC issued an Order on October 25, 2021 to implement the President’s direction on safe resumption of global travel during the COVID-19 pandemic and provided guidance to airlines, other aircraft operators, and passengers in Technical Instructions and Frequently Asked Questions.
All non-U.S.-citizen, non-immigrants, with limited exceptions, traveling to the United States by air must be fully vaccinated and show proof of vaccination.
- Order Requiring Airlines to Collect Contact Information for All Passengers Arriving into the United States
CDC issued an Order on October 25, 2021 requiring airlines and other aircraft operators to collect contact information for passengers before they board a flight to the United States from a foreign country. The purpose of collecting this information is to identify and locate passengers who may have been exposed to a person with a communicable disease for public health follow-up. Airlines will retain the information for 30 days and transmit the information to CDC upon request for contact tracing and public health follow-up to keep people safe.
- Order Suspending the Right To Introduce Certain Persons From Countries Where a Quarantinable Communicable Disease Exists pdf icon[296 KB, 24 pages]
Following an assessment of the current status of the COVID-19 public health emergency and the situation in congregate settings where noncitizens seeking to enter the United States are processed and held, CDC issues an order suspending the right to introduce certain noncitizens attempting to enter the United States from Canada or Mexico (regardless of country of origin) at or between ports of entry. In recognition of the COVID-19 mitigation measures available, the Order includes exceptions for Unaccompanied Children (UC), certain individuals on a case-by-case basis based on the totality of the circumstances, and individuals participating in certain programs approved by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) that incorporate appropriate COVID-19 mitigation protocols as recommended by CDC.
This Order and accompanying public health assessment replace and supersede the CDC Order Suspending Introduction of Certain Persons from Countries where a Communicable Disease Exists pdf icon[152 KB, 12 pages] (first issued pdf icon[2.1 MB, 43 pages] on 3/20/2020; extendedexternal icon on 4/22/2020, amended pdf icon[136 KB, 12 pages] on 5/19/2020, and replaced on 10/13/2020).
- Order Excepting Unaccompanied Children from Order Suspending the Right to Introduce Certain Noncitizens into the U.S. pdf icon[110 KB, 4 pages]
During COVID-19, CDC issued an order suspending the right to introduce certain noncitizens attempting to enter the U.S. from Canada or Mexico (regardless of country of origin) at or between ports of entry. CDC subsequently temporarily excepted unaccompanied noncitizen children from the order; the implementation of this order confirms the exception for unaccompanied noncitizen children.