In a late Christmas Eve surprise, the US government published a statement requiring airline passengers from Britain to test negative for COVID-19 three days before departure.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published the statement last night, indicating that the new rule requires all UK travelers to test negative on a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) or antigen tests three days before departure for the US. All passengers must have “written documentation” of their test results.
“If a passenger chooses not to take a test, the airline must deny boarding to the passenger,” the CDC said in the statement.
The announcement comes just days after a mutated coronavirus strain was discovered in the UK.