Biden Admin Reveals New COVID Testing Policy For Chinese Visitors

( In response to China’s current surge in COVID cases, last week, the United States announced that all travelers from China will be required to provide a negative COVID test result before flying into the US.

Passengers flying from China to the US will need to get a PCR test or an antigen self-test no more than two days before making the trip, federal health officials said. The negative test result must then be presented to the airline before the passenger can board the plane.

The travel requirement applies both to passengers flying directly to the US from China, including Hong Kong and Macau, as well as passengers flying through popular third-country gateways like Seoul, Toronto, or Vancouver.

Those who test positive more than ten days before their flight can provide documentation of their recovery instead of a negative test.

The new travel rules take effect on Thursday, January 5 at 12:01 am Eastern Time.

US health officials said January 5 was selected to provide airlines ample time to implement the rule and adjust operations.

Officials didn’t say how long the new rule will remain in place. Instead, the situation would be monitored “on the ground” and adjusted “as needed.”

A federal health official told CNN that while the new measures won’t eliminate the risk or completely prevent infected people from entering the United States, they should help to limit the number.

US officials have been concerned about Beijing’s lack of transparency concerning the latest surge in COVID cases in China, especially the absence of genome sequencing information that could help detect new strains of the virus.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is also expanding the Traveler-based Genomic Surveillance program to include airports in Seattle and Los Angeles, bringing the total number of participating airports in the US to seven. This will cover 500 weekly flights from at least 30 countries, including approximately 290 weekly flights from China.