All airline passengers travelling to the United States including US citizens and Lawful Permanent Residents (LPRs) are now required to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 viral test or recovery from COVID-19.
In an advisory posted to its website, the US Embassy in Port of Spain stated that the new requirements are in keeping with an order signed by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director.
Effective January 26, all passengers two years and older flying to the United States must provide a negative COVID-19 viral test taken within three calendar days of travel.
For those who contracted COVID-19, they must provide a positive test result and documentation from a licensed health care provider or public health official of having recovered from the virus in the 90 days preceding travel.
Passengers must also attest, under penalty of law, to having received a negative qualifying test result or to recovery from COVID-19 and medical clearance to travel.
Airlines must deny boarding to passengers who do not meet these requirements.
US citizens in countries where adequate COVID-19 testing is not available or may not be able to satisfy the requirements, are advised to depart immediately or prepare to be unable to return to the United States until such time as they can meet the requirements.
The Embassy advised travellers to monitor the CDC website for latest guidance regarding testing requirements.
Travellers should also check with their air carriers or travel representative prior to departure for the United States, and check COVID-19 Country Specific Information updated information on COVID-19 related information including availability of testing.
Further, travellers should visit travel.state.gov to view individual Travel Advisories for the most urgent threats to safety and security, as well as the Department of Homeland Security’s website on the latest travel restrictions to the United States.
Meanwhile, the CDC has issued a level 4 Travel Health Notice for Trinidad and Tobago due to COVID-19.
The CDC advised that travellers to this country may experience border closures, airport closures, travel prohibitions, stay at home orders, business closures, and other emergency conditions due to COVID-19.