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US to require travelers from UK to test negative for COVID-19 before boarding plane

Virus Outbreak Travel Restrictions
Posted at 7:01 AM, Dec 25, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-25 07:01:14-05

ATLANTA — The United States is going to require airline travelers from Britain to get a negative COVID-19 test first.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced the new policy late Thursday.

Airline passengers from the United Kingdom will have to test negative for COVID-19 within three days of their flight. The requirement goes into effect Monday.

The U.S. is the latest country to announce travel restrictions because of a new variant of the coronavirus that is spreading in Britain and elsewhere. The new of the virus is more contagious than other strains.

The CDC said because of restrictions in place since March, air travel to the U.S. from the U.K. is down by 90%.

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