United and Delta will require passengers traveling from the United Kingdom to the United States to existing evidence of a unfavorable coronavirus examination, the airlines announced on Thursday. Delta will start imposing the rule these days, and United will start off the requirement on Dec. 28. The airways will accept the two swift antigen and polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests.
The alterations arrive immediately after British officials imposed lockdowns and banned getaway gatherings before this week mainly because of a quick-spreading variant of the coronavirus. Canada and some nations in Europe have moved to ban journey from England entirely.
“Beginning December 28, United customers touring from London Heathrow to Chicago, Newark, Washington Dulles and San Francisco will be expected to present proof of a unfavorable COVID-19 check taken no later than 72 hours prior to departure,” United mentioned in a statement. “The overall health and basic safety of our personnel and shoppers is our maximum priority.” United is demanding the tests for all passengers in excess of the age of 5.
Delta also needs the check end result be significantly less than 72 several hours previous. Travellers traveling from the United Kingdom to the United States, or transiting by way of the country, will be required to display the test in advance of boarding, a spokesperson for Delta said in an electronic mail. The airline will demand the unfavorable checks from all tourists above the age of 6.
On its website, Delta states that travellers who are not traveling from the United Kingdom, and are only transiting by means of the U.K. on a layover, will be exempt. On Monday, Delta moved to have to have wellbeing screenings on U.K. flights to John F. Kennedy Intercontinental Airport in New York City.
New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy lauded the strengthened well being protocols for U.K. site visitors, saying in a assertion: “As we proceed to practical experience a next wave of COVID-19 cases, it’s important that we take any and all safety measures to mitigate the possible for even more transmission.”
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