US to require airline passengers traveling from China to test negative for Covid

Travelers check in at Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport in December. 12, 2022, after China relaxed domestic travel restrictions.

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The Biden administration will require airline passengers traveling from China to test negative for Covid before entering the US, federal health officials said Wednesday.

All travelers two years of age or older from China, Hong Kong or Macau will be required to be tested for Covid two days before their departure for the United States, officials said. The requirements, which apply regardless of nationality and vaccination status, begin in January. 5.

The testing requirements come as China battles a major outbreak of the virus after easing its strict zero-Covid policy in the wake of social unrest earlier this year.

The United States has limited information about the situation in China, the officials said. Testing has declined across the country, and it’s unclear which variants are circulating in China because genomic surveillance data is also limited, officials said.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is also expanding its program that monitors travelers for new variants of Covid to include airports in Los Angeles and Seattle. The surveillance program will now include seven airports and cover about 500 weekly flights, including 290 flights from and around China.

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