The United States’ new COVID-19 testing requirement on air travel from China took effect today at 12:01 a.m. ET.

Key Points:

  • Air passengers 2 years or older are now required to provide their airline with proof of a negative COVID-19 test if they are:
    • Traveling directly to the United States from mainland China, Hong Kong or Macao.
    • Transiting through Incheon International Airport, Toronto Pearson International Airport or Vancouver International Airport to the United States if they were in China in the last 10 days.
  • The requirement will apply regardless of nationality or vaccination status. It will remain in effect until further notice.
  • Passengers who tested positive more than 10 days before air travel may provide documentation of recovery from COVID-19 instead of a negative test.
  • Airlines will be required to confirm negative COVID-19 test results or proof of recovery before passengers board.

Additional Information: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced the new requirement last week. Detailed CDC guidance is available here. BAL will provide updated information as it becomes available.

This alert has been provided by the BAL U.S. Practice Group. For additional information, please contact

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