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CDC Announces Negative COVID Test Will Be Needed for Those Traveling to the US from China, Hong Kong and Macau

By Casey January 5, 2023 (Updated January 5, 2023) 2 min. read

The US CDC announced new COVID-19 testing requirements for air passengers arriving from China, Hong Kong, and Macau on Wednesday, December 28, 2022. All travelers aged 2 and older must be tested no more than two days before departure and show a negative test result to the operating airline, regardless of nationality or vaccination status, beginning at 12:01 a.m. (Eastern time) on Thursday, January 5, 2023.

CDC is announcing this step to slow the spread of COVID-19 in the United States during the surge in COVID-19 cases in the PRC. These data are critical for effectively monitoring the case surge and reducing the possibility of the entry of a novel variant of concern. The CDC will continue to monitor the situation and adjust our strategy as needed.

What Are the New Requirements and Who Will They Apply To?

Beginning at 12:01 a.m. ET on January 5, all air passengers two years and older departing from the PRC will be required to get a test (such as a PCR test or an antigen self-test administered and monitored by a telehealth service or a licensed provider and approved by the Food and Drug Administration or the relevant national authority) no more than two days ahead of departure and display a negative test result to the airline upon departing.

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