US finally requiring international arrivals to show negative covid test, including citizens

There have been nearly 390,000 COVID related deaths in the US and that number is steadily rising. For the past several days we have lost four thousand people per day to COVID. It is being predicted that the number will rise to five thousand a day by the end of February. Despite there being two vaccines, the increase in cases is out pacing the rollout.

Late last month a new strain of the virus appeared in the U.K. The strain is more contagious and within a week it had made it to Australia, South Africa and the U.S. Several countries have issued travel bans for people traveling from the U.K. in order to curb the spread of the new strain but the U.S. has been slow to enforce requirements for international travelers coming into the U.S. The U.S. is now requiring everyone traveling into the U.S. from foreign countries to show proof of a negative COVID test that was taken within the last three days before travel. If the traveler refuses a test or cannot provide proof, the airline they are traveling with must refuse to board them. This new plan will be implemented starting January 26. Below are more details via People:

According to a statement from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released Tuesday afternoon, it is “expanding the requirement for a negative COVID-19 test to all air passengers entering the United States.” The order will go into effect Jan. 26.

All airline passengers, including U.S. citizens, who wish to enter the country will be “required to get a viral test (a test for current infection) within the 3 days before their flight to the U.S. departs, and provide written documentation of their laboratory test result (paper or electronic copy) to the airline or provide documentation of having recovered from COVID-19.”

Airlines will be required to check each passengers’ documentation and if someone doesn’t have their results or has elected not to take a test, “must deny boarding to the passenger.”

The statement continues, “Testing before and after travel is a critical layer to slow the introduction and spread of COVID-19. This strategy is consistent with the current phase of the pandemic and more efficiently protects the health of Americans.”

The decision comes after weeks of discussion between federal agencies and the White House’s coronavirus task force, the Wall Street Journal reports.

[From People]

It infuriates me that this administration has allowed so many Americans to die on its watch from the spread of a virus that could have been slowed. What’s more is the fact that the slow response by the Republicans was most definitely due to the fact that the virus was overwhelmingly killing BIPOC. The U.S. has the highest mortality rate from Covid than any country in the world and it is absolutely shameful. If we continue at the rate of 4,000 deaths a day by the end of January we will be well over 400,000 casualties.

The other thing that is angering me is the delay in enforcing travel restrictions. Why are we waiting another two weeks before enforcing these regulations? The fact that 38 people became billionaires during the pandemic is even more shameful. It just lets me know that America puts money before lives. Currently, a person dies every six minutes from COVID in L.A. county. We have people having house parties and refusing to wear masks in stores because it infringes on their imaginary “rights.” Thousands of Alabama State fans lined the streets maskless partying because they won a national championship. Within the next week or two there will be another explosion of infections that will definitely lead back to that damn party. How selfish and entitled must one be to look at these staggering numbers and go, “I don’t care. My rights!?” I was also appalled when I read the story about the man who died from COVID on a plane in December and all they did was divert the plane to New Orleans, removed the man’s body, wet wiped the seats and continued to its destination with the rest of the passengers in tow. I just don’t understand why our legislators are having such an inadequate response and our countrymen are being so selfish. Why aren’t Americans being protected?

I am an avid traveler and I have been grounded for a year. It is driving me insane to be stuck in Houston, Texas. I want to see friends and visit other countries but I understand that complying with CDC and WHO guidelines will help slow the spread of this virus until everyone gets vaccinated. I do hope that once Biden and Harris take office that they will do whatever they can to implement travel restrictions and lockdown protocols. I also hope that they will create a better stimulus package for Americans who are unemployed and underemployed. We have all suffered this year and it may take many years to heal from the trauma from COVID because of poor governance and entitled a-holes. I do hope going forward that people will be willing to abide by CDC travel guidelines. That is not to say don’t travel at all but be smart and safe when doing so, so that we do not take the virus with us and cripple another nation or bring it back with us and further cripple our own. January 20th cannot come fast enough. In the meantime, I will keep daydreaming about traveling somewhere soon, looking at flights and staying my ass at home until I can get vaccinated.

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  1. SarahCS says:

    This is the longest I have stayed in one country my whole life and it’s so weird, I haven’t seen my family in France in over a year for the first time ever but it will be some time before I travel again. Having said that I watched a three part series on ‘Japan from above’ on Sunday and it partly made me feel good to see something of another country but also made me hurt because I want so badly to travel again.

    Although having said that I am concerned about my carbon footprint and flying so it’s tough. Living in the UK we can take the train/drive to other countries now but that’s a long slog to get anywhere.

  2. Angela Lutz says:

    I love you and read you every day!!! I’m so excited to learn (for the first time) you live in Houston! Me too. Hi neighbor!!!!

  3. steph says:

    I’m with you on why the hell are we waiting another 2 weeks? I’m so tired of the selfishness of this country. We could have been back to normal if ppl followed protocols.

  4. MrsBanjo says:

    It’s infuriating that not only is that the bare minimum, it won’t even take effect for two weeks.

    I’m in California and early on we were doing so well. Then they decided to open things up and all hell broke loose. The other day, Newsom decided it was a good idea to open some areas back up, which is just going to cause even more spikes. Add to that the snail’s pace that’s the vaccine rollout.

  5. lucy2 says:

    Oh good. Nearly a year after the pandemic started, after it’s spread everywhere. Good timing.

  6. Abby says:

    Hi! I’m in Fort Worth! ::waves in Texan::

    I cannot understand why this was not the FIRST step in pandemic management. Not closing travel for non-Americans from China (and letting Americans come back as they please). Require a negative test. It’s not fool-proof but it would be SO helpful.

    A friend of mine just moved to Paris and he had to have a negative covid test taken 72 hours before his flight in order to get into the country.

    Again, why are we almost a YEAR into this freaking pandemic, almost 350,000 people dead, and just not implementing this step????? Someone please explain it to me.

  7. ToLiveLikeWeRDying says:

    But you see most Americans don’t care about anyone but themselves. They didn’t go to the capital and fight for our government to be stricter with COVID! Too many comfortable people working from home in their suburban bubbles. They don’t care unless it affects them! They don’t want to take the time out of their daily life to fight for justice because they have it pretty good so why stir the pot! But low level trump supporters and racists fight for their twisted beliefs! Yikes.

  8. ScotchY says:

    I agree that this is a way overdue, but the testing needs to be more accessible. I have to travel for my job Can/US only . Getting a test for travel out of Canada is ridiculous and not accessible without any symptoms so while I applaud this they need to make getting the tests accessible and covered because the cost for it in BC is approx $375 so it’s all a mess. If you are going to roll out these requirements do it, it should have been done earlier and it should be accessible. All in all no one knows what they are doing and has like other posters have mentioned put corporate needs before community needs which sucks.. All in all this year is looking like a yet another cluster%^& of bad policy and decision making with little support. GIANT SIGH

    • JJ says:

      I agree! As someone from BC, I keep reading all these stories since Sept acting as if getting a negative test done is a piece of cake!! Like, where?? Certainly not here w/o symptoms. Seems like travel is accessible only for the very rich.

      (I want to be able to travel again soooo bad)

      • Scotchy says:

        @JJ I’m from BC as well!! I stand with you in solidarity and am glad someone else totally feels the pain of this situation. It is great it should have been happening but it needs to be accessible to those that need it and not at crazy prices. It’s super annoying as is the half a$$d BC lock down.. Ugh..Sending you tons of isolated love ❤️

  9. Mel says:

    I’m normally don’t agree with a lot of the politics but this I agree with 100%. I cannot understand why our borders have not been closed. To see how little our representatives care about is soul crushing.

  10. lozface says:

    I seriously can’t believe this is only happening now. We have had mandatory hotel quarantine (14 days) in Australia since the early days of COVID. We even had it travelling interstate if you were coming from a hotspot. We actually had a large city (Brisbane – population of 2.3 million) have a full citywide lockdown for 3 days because there was 1 new case!!!! We had zero new cases Australia wide yesterday.

    I feel for Biden having to get on top of this. But the poor management, and recklessness of the anti-maskers etc is horrifying. I really hope this can be managed soon and the loss of life is reduced significantly. It breaks my heart.

  11. msd says:

    I’m genuinely shocked people are being charged for Covid testing.

    In Australia it’s all free and you can get tested as many times as you want. (I’ve only had one test, just in case, but I know friends who have had 5 or 6: every time they’ve had a slight sore throat basically). You don’t need to have symptoms, you just can do it for peace of mind. When I got my drive-through test done they cheerfully and enthusiastically thanked me for being a good citizen. It felt worthy, like giving blood. In Sydney they’re practically begging people to get tested right now because even though the whole country just returned to zero community transmission health officials are concerned it’s circulating in the community undetected.