COVID Testing Requirements for Entry to the U.S. Effective January 26, 2021

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January 28, 2021

On January 21, 2021 President Biden issued an Executive Order on Promoting COVID-19 Safety in Domestic and International Travel, which directs relevant agencies to assess a prior January 12, 2021 CDC order requiring a negative COVID-19 test result for airline passengers traveling into the United States, and, based on that assessment, take any further appropriate actions and planning regarding air, land, and sea travel.

Effective January 26, 2021, the CDC order requires all air passengers arriving to the U.S. from a foreign country to get tested for COVID-19 infection no more than 3 days before their flight departs and to provide proof of the negative result or documentation of having recovered from COVID-19 to the airline before boarding the flight. Before making any entry to the U.S., please review the current travel and testing requirements for entry to the U.S. Also review state and local guidelines for the U.S. location to which you will be traveling. Review current UC Berkeley travel guidance regarding what steps to take after your return to UC Berkeley.