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The U.S. government has imposed a new COVID-19 testing requirement for people traveling from the United Kingdom. This new requirement is in addition to the existing physical presence ban limiting travel from the U.K.
Background: The testing requirement was imposed amid an outbreak of a new variant of the COVID-19 virus in the U.K. The U.S. had already banned most travel from the U.K. under a Presidential Proclamation issued on March 14. That ban remains in effect, but includes exemptions for U.S. citizens, lawful permanent residents, foreign national spouses of U.S. citizens or lawful permanent residents and a limited number of others. While the U.S. has imposed a number of similar “physical presence” bans (including on travel from Brazil, China, Iran, Ireland and any of the 26 Schengen Area countries), this marks the first time that officials have implemented a testing requirement for those who are permitted to travel to the U.S.
Additional Information: An FAQ on the new testing requirement is available on this CDC web page. A public inspection notice is scheduled for publication in the Federal Register on Dec. 31. BAL will continue to monitor the U.S. government’s response to COVID-19 and will provide updates on important information as it becomes available.
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