The US Government is requiring all air passengers coming to the country to show a negative Covid-19 test before boarding flights.
The new pre-flight measure will support the nation’s efforts to stop the introduction and spread of the viral infection.
It will serve as an added layer in the fight against the pandemic, which is increasing at an unprecedented rate in the country.
A record number of daily coronavirus deaths in the US was reported on Tuesday evening with 4,197 fatalities, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.
The expanded Covid-19 testing requirement order by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will become effective on 26 January.
The pre-flight test requirement is in addition to the CDC recommendations of testing again three to five days after arrival, as well as a seven-day isolation post-travel.
Under the new requirement, air commuters will have to take a coronavirus test within the three days prior to their departure flight to the US.
In addition, passengers must submit the written documentation of the test result in paper or electronic form, or documentation of recovery to the airline.
Passengers will be allowed to board the plane only after confirmation of the negative test result by the airlines.
CDC director Robert Redfield said: “Testing does not eliminate all risk but when combined with a period of staying at home and everyday precautions like wearing masks and social distancing, it can make travel safer, healthier, and more responsible by reducing spread on planes, in airports, and at destinations.”