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COVID-19 Test Required for All Air Passengers Arriving to the United States

Proof of Negative COVID-19 Test or Recovery from COVID-19 for All Air Passengers Arriving in the United States

Beginning January 26, 2021, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control is requiring that all travelers to the United States show proof of a negative COVID-19 test. Below are the specific details related to this new requirement.

  • The COVID-19 test must be performed during the three days preceding departure.
    • For example, if a traveler is scheduled to fly to the U.S. on June 30th, then they must have the COVID-19 test performed on either June 27th, 28th, or 29th.
    • They will need to bring the printed proof of the negative test result when they go to the airport on the 30th.
  • Travelers will have to provide a COVID-19 test result document to the airline when they check-in for their flight.
  • Travelers must also keep the test result document available throughout their travel and show it to any U.S. Government official who requests it.
  • The COVID-19 test must be a viral test, either an “antigen test” or “NAAT”.
  • The COVID-19 test will need to be the “rapid result” variety with the results likely determined in the testing facility rather than being sent to a laboratory.

Travelers who have had a positive COVID-19 viral test in the past 3 months, and have met the criteria to end isolation, may travel instead with documentation of the positive viral test results and a letter from a healthcare provider or a public health official that states they have been cleared for travel. The positive test result and letter together are referred to as “documentation of recovery.”

Au pairs who already know their travel date should find a testing facility and schedule a test appointment as soon as possible. Au pairs are responsible for scheduling and paying for their COVID-19 test.

This new requirement applies to all au pairs seeking to enter the U.S. regardless of whether they are entering for the first time or returning to continue their program after traveling internationally.

For more information about this recent order, please refer to the Centers for Disease Control’s Frequently Asked Questions.

Does an arriving au pair need to be quarantined?

Host families welcoming their au pair from outside of the U.S. or from another U.S. state are responsible for knowing and complying with all local and state guidelines related to the COVID-19 pandemic, including any quarantine requirements.

Travel Restriction Resources

Center for Disease Control

Matt Wallace

Matt Wallace is the Community & Digital Content Manager for the InterExchange Marketing team. He received a Master of Science in Global Affairs from New York University, and worked with the State Department and two New York organizations with missions to introduce young people to multiculturalism and international relations. He is excited to leverage this experience with InterExchange!