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U.S. To Require Covid-19 Testing For International Travel

The U.S. will require airline passengers to prove they recently tested negative for Covid-19 before flying to the country, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Tuesday.

Starting January 26, 2021, arriving travelers, including citizens and foreigners will have to test negative for Covid-19 within three days of their flight to the United States, the Centers for Disease Control said.

The measure, which aims to curb the spread of the disease, comes as new infections have hit records.

"Variants of the SARS-CoV-2 virus continue to emerge in countries around the world, and there is evidence of increased transmissibility of some of these variants," the CDC said in a statement announcing the order.

Canada and England have already introduced similar restrictions, though in the case of both countries, the pre-travel testing is in addition to a mandatory self-quarantine requirement for arrivals from most destinations.

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