President Biden requires Negative COVID-19 test for entry to US

January 09, 2021

On January 21, 2021, President Biden signed an Executive Order which requires travelers entering the United States to produce proof of a recent negative COVID-19 test prior to entry. This Executive Order formalizes the CDC Order announced on January 12, 2021.

According to the CDC Frequently Asked Questions, international travelers must be tested no more than 3 days prior to their travel and show the negative results to the airline before boarding. Travelers who test positive will not be allowed to board and should self-isolate until they have met the CDC criteria for discontinuing isolation.

The CDC Order applies to all air passengers traveling into the U.S. who are 2 years of age or older, including U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents. However, it does not apply to land border crossings. Acceptable COVID-19 tests include the rapid antigen tests and the PCR tests. Having a negative COVID-19 test result will not exempt any foreign nationals from any of the travel bans that are still in effect.

Individuals coming from a country subject to a travel ban must still obtain a National Interest Exception or quarantine for 14 days in a third country. For more information about National Interest Exceptions for the UK, Ireland, and the Schengen region, click here. For more information about National Interest Exceptions for Brazil, click here.

Please contact us if you have questions about national interest exceptions or immigration matters.