“This is something that the airlines have been pushing for:” New policy for international travelers starting Jan. 26
SALISBURY, Md.- For international air travelers packing their bags to come to the U.S., they will soon have to test negative for COVID-19 before flying into the united states.
“This is something that the airlines have been pushing for is for this testing to be in place of the restrictions,” Tony Rudy, Salisbury Airport Manager, said.
The CDC made the new policy Tuesday.
Starting January 26, 2021, international air passengers will need to get tested for COVID-19 no more than three days before their flight departs and show proof of the negative result.
“The airlines were looking to maybe get a little relief from travel restrictions that are in place and obviously this testing procedure could help ease some of those restrictions,” Rudy said.
Chris Snyder, the Chief Quality Officer at TidalHealth Peninsula Regional, said he thinks this is an added precaution to help reduce the spread of the virus.
“I suspect that variant especially with European travelers is some of the concern, we’ve had two cases in Maryland, and guess where that was brought from Europe,” Snyder said.
The Salisbury Airport Manager said international travel has been down about 75 percent over last years travel and is uncertain how this new policy will have an impact.
“I don’t suspect we are going to see a big increase in international traffic, until this pandemic kind of dies down a little bit, until the vaccination is well distributed,” Rudy said.
Snyder added because things are uncertain he is curious to see how things play out.
“The race to vaccinate is really the key and what that does is as far as opening up our country, our state, our community, will be really interesting to see how the rules change in our future,” Snyder said.
It is important to note that due to the new variant of COVID-19, the CDC issued another policy recently, that took effect December 28.
The policy requires all air passengers arriving to the U.S. from the U.K. to get tested no more than 3 days before their flight leaves.