The Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention (CDC) has extended its exemption on COVID-19 testing requirements for certain travelers departing from Shanghai, China.

 Key Points:

  • The following individuals do not have to have proof of a negative pre-departure COVID-19 test or previous recovery from COVID-19 to enter the U.S. when departing from Shanghai, China.
    • U.S. citizens.
    • U.S. nationals.
    • Lawful permanent residents (LPRs).
    • Noncitizens who have a valid U.S. immigrant visa.
    • Noncitizen nonimmigrants who are traveling with a U.S. citizen or LPR and possess valid travel documents allowing them to travel to the U.S.
  • The CDC has waived the COVID-19 testing requirement for such individuals through at least June 10.

Additional Information: The U.S. has advised against travel to Shanghai at this time due to “COVID-19-related restrictions, including the risk of parents and children being separated.”

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

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