On December 02, 2021, The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention (CDC) within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) amended its October 25, 2021 Amended Order, titled, “Requirement for Proof of Negative COVID-19 Test or Recovery from COVID-19 for All Air Passengers Arriving in the United States.”
This amendment updates COVID-19 testing requirements for air passengers 2 years or older boarding a flight to the United States.
This Amended Order is effective for flights departing to the US from a foreign country at or after 12:01am EST (5:01am GMT) /10:31 am IST on December 6, 2021, are required show a negative COVID-19 viral test result taken no more than 1 day before travel, (Documentation of a negative SARS-CoV-2 viral test result from specimen collected no more than 1 calendar day preceding the passenger’s flight to United States.) or documentation of having recovered from COVID-19 in the past 90 days, before they board their flight.
Air passengers will also be required to confirm in the Form of an Attestation that the information they present is true.
The 1-day period is 1 day before the flight’s departure. The Order uses a 1-day time frame instead of 24 hours to provide more flexibility to the air passenger and aircraft operator. By using a 1-day window, test acceptability does not depend on the time of the flight or the time of day that the test sample was taken.