U.S. CDC COVID Testing Requirements for Private Aviation
The U.S. CDC issued a new order requiring proof of a negative viral COVID-19 test (NAAT/PCR or antigen) for anyone arriving from a foreign country to the U.S. The post U.S. CDC COVID Testing Requirements for Private Aviation appeared first on Universal® Operational Insight Blog.
On Jan. 12, 2021 news broke that the U.S. CDC issued a new order requiring proof of a negative viral COVID-19 test (NAAT/PCR or antigen) or medical documentation of recovery for anyone arriving from a foreign country to the U.S. The order goes into effect Jan. 26, 2021 for ALL flights, including private flights and GA aircraft.
Here is what you need to know.
- Only ACTIVE crew members are exempt.
- Passengers must show aircraft operator proof of negative result (NAAT/PCR or antigen), taken no more the 3 days earlier, prior to boarding.
- Operators of private flights and GA aircraft must maintain records for 2 years. There is no specification for submitting records anywhere at this time.
- This CDC webpage has more information on the order, including the official announcement, paperwork that you need to keep on file per passenger, and FAQs.
- Note: The negative test is required, regardless of vaccination status.
We will continue to update this article as new information and best practice recommendations are known.
Here are some of the questions, we’ve received so far. The CDC FAQs also have additional information.
- I’ve received the COVID vaccine, am I exempt?
- No. The CDC’s FAQs state that everyone entering the U.S., including those who have been vaccinated, must provide either a negative test result or medical proof of recovery.
- Does this apply to flights returning from U.S. Territories like the U.S. Virgin Islands?
- No. The Order is applicable to: “PASSENGERS arriving…. from ANY FOREIGN COUNTRY.” Foreign Country is defined as “anywhere that is not a state, territory, or possession of the United States” – 42 CFR 71.1(b). United States means the 50 States, District of Columbia, and the territories (also known as possessions) of the United States, including American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
- Are crew members exempt?
- According to the CDC’s FAQs: “Crew members on official duty, whether working or in an assigned deadhead status (transportation of a flight crew member as a passenger or non-operating flight crew member), are exempt from the testing requirement as long as they follow industry standard protocols for the prevention of COVID-19 as set forth in relevant Safety Alerts for Operators (SAFOs) issued by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).”
- What kind of test is required?
- CDC recommends that you get tested with a viral test (NAAT or antigen) 1-3 days before you travel internationally.
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