TRAVEL UPDATE: Negative COVID-19 test required as of January 26th

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Due to recent regulations pertaining to travel in the US and Canada, we wanted to share some important updates on what these restrictions mean and what you can expect should you or your employees plan to travel in the coming weeks. 

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has announced that beginning January 26, 2021, all inbound international travelers from an out-of-country destination will be required to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test before returning to the United States.

We are proactively working together with our partners—including hotel suppliers, travel bureaus, and transportation companies—to help understand testing capabilities to comply with the CDC’s new requirements. 

In the meantime, please review the important information below:

CDC Testing Requirements

  • All international travelers bound for the United States will need a negative COVID-19 viral test taken within 72 hours prior to departure.
  • Written documentation of the results (either paper or electronic copy) must be provided to the airline before boarding and must include the name and information of the laboratory or health professional.
  • In lieu of a new COVID-19 viral test, passengers may also provide evidence of having recovered from COVID-19, with documentation of test results conducted within three months of the flight date from a foreign country.
  • The CDC also recommends getting tested again three to five days after arrival and quarantining for seven days post-travel.

Similarly, Canada now requires proof of a negative COVID-19 laboratory test result to be presented to the airline prior to boarding a flight. This measure went into effect midnight on January 7, 2021.

We would encourage you to continue to visit the CDC’s website for the most accurate and updated information.  Click here to review the CDC FAQ’s.

Should you have any questions specific to your upcoming trips or travel program, please reach out to your dedicated Travel Manage for support.