Order: Requirement for Proof of Negative COVID-19 Test Result or Recovery from COVID-19 for All Airline Passengers Arriving into the United States

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued an Order on January 12, 2021 requiring proof of a negative COVID-19 test or documentation of having recovered from COVID-19 for all air passengers arriving from a foreign country to the US. On January 25, 2021, CDC posted a revision to this order. This Order is effective as of January 26, 2021 and was published in the Federal Registerexternal icon on January 28, 2021.

To view the order, click here pdf icon[PDF – 9 pages].

To see the passenger attestation, visit the Attestation pdf icon[PDF – 3 pages].

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Airline Checklist: How to Verify Negative Qualifying Test Results or Documentation of Recovery from COVID-19 for CDC’s Order pdf icon[PDF – 2 pages]

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Testing Humanitarian Waiver for Afghanistan

On August 15, 2021, CDC and the HHS Deputy Secretary granted a Department of State request for a blanket humanitarian waiver of pre-departure covid testing for individuals relocating to the U.S. from Afghanistan to include U.S. Citizens, Lawful Permanent Residents (LPRs), Third Country Nationals (TNCs) and Afghans at risk, including Afghan Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) applicants. The CDC order requiring mask use for passengers and crew on air conveyances bound for the US should still be followed to the extent possible.

In order to meet the requirements for granting the waiver of CDCs pre-departure testing order, all arrivals must undergo federally required Covid testing on arrival to first port of entry into United States. Those who test positive will be required to isolate prior to continuing on commercial transportation to their final destination and family members of those testing positive may require adhering to self-quarantine recommendations as stipulated by CDC and/or state and local health authorities at their arrival location.