From today, a COVID-19 Test is Required for All Travelers from China

From today, a COVID-19 Test is Required for All Travelers from China

On December 28th, 2022, the Center for Disease Control (“CDC”) announced that on January 5th, 2023 all travelers from the Republic of China (“PRC”), Hong Kong and Macau must present proof of a negative COVID-19 test or proof of COVID recovery aged two years or older before boarding a flight to the United States.

Air passengers who test postitive more than 10 days before their planned travel to the US can provide documentation of recovery instead of a negative result.

The CDC provided the following additional information:

  • The requirement applies to air passengers regardless of nationality and vaccination status.
  • The requirement applies to persons traveling from the PRC via third-country transit and passengers connecting through the United States onward to further destinations.
  • In addition to applying to direct flights from the PRC, travelers stopping through Incheon International Airport, Toronto Pearson International Airport, and Vancouver International Airport on their way to the United States will be required to provide a negative COVID-19 test if they have been in the PRC in the last 10 days, no more than two days before their departure to the United States.
  • The Biden Administration chose these transit hubs because they cover a significant majority of travelers originating in the PRC, Hong Kong, and Macau. The announcement indicates that it will continue to monitor travel patterns and update this policy accordingly.

All non-US citizen or Lawful Permanent Resident travelers from any country must still provide evidence that they are full vaccinated against COVID-19 or that they are medically contra-indicated to receive the COVID vaccination.

For more information see the CDC web site at: