10 Mar 2023

United States

CDC Eliminates Negative COVID-19 Test Requirement for Persons Arriving from China

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced today that it is rescinding with immediate effect its December 28, 2022 Order that required persons entering the United States from the People’s Republic of China (PRC), Hong Kong, and Macau to show evidence of a negative COVID-19 test taken within two days of their departure flight.  This requirement has been in place since January 5, 2023.

The rescission will apply to all flights heading to the United States from the PRC, Hong Kong, Macau, or from certain designated airports outside the PRC. These airports include Incheon International Airport (ICN) in Seoul, South Korea, Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ) in Canada, and Vancouver International Airport (YVR) in Canada on or after 3:00 p.m. Eastern Time on March 10, 2023.

The immediate result of this rescission is that, as of today at 3:00 p.m. Eastern Time, persons traveling by air to the United States from the PRC, Hong Kong, Macau, and the designated airports referenced above will no longer need to be tested and provide a negative COVID-19 test result to airlines before boarding.

The full language of the CDC’s Recission is available here.

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