Health Alert: January 14, 2021 – Requirement of Negative COVID-19 Test for Air Passengers

Location: United States 

Event: CDC Expands Negative COVID-19 Test Requirement to All Air Passengers Entering the United States  

Effective January 26, 2021, all air passengers, two years of age and older, traveling to the United States are required to have a negative pre-departure test result for SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19)  within three days of their flight’s departure.  Air passengers must provide written documentation of their laboratory test result (paper or electronic copy) to the airline or provide documentation of having recovered from COVID-19, including a positive test result and a letter from a health professional certifying recovery.  If a passenger does not provide documentation of a negative test or recovery, or chooses not to take a test, the airline must deny boarding to the passenger. 

Please note that aircraft crew members and children under two years of age are exempt from this requirement.  

The U.S. Embassy and Consulates in Brazil will continue to update our COVID-19 page with additional information about this requirement.   

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