The UK will require all air travelers arriving from the United Kingdom to test negative for the Kovid-19 following the identification in the UK of new coronovirus variants.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention announced the change late Thursday, saying in a statement that President Donald Trump would sign an order on Friday to take effect on Monday.
“Public health officials in the United Kingdom recently announced the discovery of a new version of SARS-CoV-2,” the CDC said in a statement. “Preliminary analysis in the UK suggests that this new variant may be 70% more transferable than previously broadcasted variants.”
A similar requirement for negative tests has already been effective for many US-bound travelers. Delta Air Lines, Virgin Atlantic and British Airways said on Monday that passengers would have to test negative for coronovirus before being bound for New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport, Andrew Cuomo in response to a New York government request.
“The need for additional testing will strengthen our security to improve the health and safety of the American public and ensure responsible international travel,” the CDC said.
Earlier this week, dozens of countries, including Canada, France, Germany, Israel, Iran and Colombia, have shown suspended flights from the UK, which is a worldwide concern about the virus changes, more than other variants Can be contagious.
The UK government imposed stringent new restrictions last weekend, when scientists said a new coronavirus version was spreading more quickly. Then on Wednesday, the British government announced that yet another variant had been detected in two more people, who had recently traveled from South Africa, adding to this concern.
The CDC said it would require proof of a negative result from the test “no more than 72 hours before departure.” The CDC said that it would be up to the airlines to confirm the results before boarding and refuse to deny any passengers boarding.