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U.S. to Impose New COVID-19 Restrictions for Air Travelers from China

MSK Client Alert
December 29, 2022

On December 28, 2022, the Biden administration announced new COVID-19 restrictions for travelers from China, citing mounting concerns of the ongoing COVID-19 surges and the lack of adequate data being reported from the People’s Republic of China (China).

These restrictions will affect all air passengers two years and older boarding flights to the United States originating from China, Hong Kong, and Macau, and will take effect starting at 12:01 AM ET on January 5, 2023.

These measures will require a negative COVID-19 test (such as a PCR test or monitored antigen test) no more than 2 days before departure from the designated regions. Air passengers who tested positive more than 10 days before their flight can provide documentation of recovery from COVID-19  in lieu of a negative test result. Airlines must confirm the negative test result (or documentation of recovery) for all passengers before they board, or they must deny boarding to the passenger.

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