In an effort to limit transmission of the novel coronavirus, according to reporting by The Wall Street Journal, the U.S. government is set to require that all international passengers arriving into the country show proof of a negative COVID-19 test prior to boarding their flights.
Following weeks of conversations between federal agencies and the White House coronavirus taskforce, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will issue an order (that will apply to both U.S. citizens and international passengers), starting as soon as January 26.
On December 24, the Trump administration implemented an order for all travelers from the U.K. to be tested before entering the U.S., as news of a more infectious strain of the virus had been found there and in other parts of the world.
According to the Wall Street Journal, although airlines are supportive of the new measures, they’ve argued that stringent testing should replace travel restrictions and quarantines.
“We believe a well-planned program focused on increasing testing of travelers to the United States will further these objectives in a much more effective way than the blanket travel restrictions currently in place,” Nick Calio, chief executive of Airlines for America, a trade group, said in a Jan. 4 letter to Vice President Mike Pence.