U.S. Mandates Pre-Boarding COVID-19 Test & Quarantine For Inbound Travellers

Anna Kroupina, Open Jaw

Joe Biden, President of the United States.

U.S. President Joe Biden signed an executive order Thursday mandating inbound travellers to provide a negative COVID-19 test before their flight and to quarantine upon arrival in the country.

Under the new rules, all U.S.-bound passengers aged two and over must provide negative COVID-19 test results within three calendar days prior to their flight to the U.S. The length of time for the quarantine is still under review by federal agencies.

The mandate is set to go into effect on 26JAN, according to Reuters

It was one of 10 executive orders signed by Biden to jumpstart his national COVID-19 strategy. As part of the same executive order requiring a pre-arrival test, he mandated face masks be worn on all manner of domestic transportation including airplanes, trains and intercity buses. Airports are also part of the mandate. 

Although the majority of U.S. airports and airlines have their own mask rules in place, leaders in the airline industry have been pushing for a federal mask mandate throughout the pandemic. Biden’s order now leaves little wiggle room for passengers tempted to argue about their rights.

In addition, many individual states have their own COVID travel restrictions in place, but until now there has been no coordinated national response with regards to travel. 

Biden also indicated that he would like to discuss COVID-19 protocols for America’s ports of entry with Canada and Mexico.

“The Secretary of State, in consultation with the Secretary of HHS, the Secretary of Transportation, the Secretary of Homeland Security, and the Director of CDC, shall immediately commence diplomatic outreach to the governments of Canada and Mexico regarding public health protocols for land ports of entry,” the order states.

As part of his new orders, Biden also reimposed entry bans on most non-U.S. citizens who have recently been to Brazil, the United Kingdom, Ireland and most of continental Europe.

Anna Kroupina

Anna Kroupina Journalist

Anna is OJ's newest member and she joins the team as a writer/reporter. She co-writes the daily news and covers events. Although she's new to the industry, pursuing a career path in travel/tourism has been a goal since her first family road trip to the Florida Keys sparked a desire to discover the world and this exhilarating, fast-paced industry.

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