CDC To Require Negative COVID Tests For International Travelers

Jan 12, 2021, 11:14 PM | Updated: 11:41 pm
FILE: Travelers at Salt Lake City International Airport. (KSL TV)...
FILE: Travelers at Salt Lake City International Airport. (KSL TV)

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – Amid the highest surge in COVID-19 cases the U.S. has seen, officials with the Centers for Disease Control announced international travelers will be required to receive a negative COVID-19 test three days before traveling to the U.S.

And while the requirement could impact international visitors coming to Salt Lake City International Airport, local travel experts hope an anticipated increase in domestic travelers will overcome the shortfall.

“It’s nothing out of the ordinary,” Columbus Travel CEO Larry Gelwix said. “I think we will initially have an impact. I think the greatest impact on our ski resorts is mother nature. I anticipate a significant increase in domestic visitors and a significant decrease in international visitors.”

Gelwix pointed out that many countries already require a negative COVID-19 test requirement — and states like Alaska and Hawaii require a negative test for domestic flights. Some of these travel rules do accept the at-home COVID-19 tests.

“My insurance covered mine when I went to Hawaii,” Gelwix said.

Hawaii is one of 18 states that have COVID testing available in their airports too.

Utah will be joining that list soon according to airport spokesperson Nancy Vollmer.

No details on the testing center were available Tuesday, but Vollmer said something will be announced shortly.

“The whole world of COVID is evolving,” Gelwix said.

States With Airport COVID-19 Testing

  1. Alaska
  2. Arizona
  3. California (4 – SF, Oakland, LAX and San Diego)
  4. Connecticut
  5. Florida (Fort Lauderdale and Tampa)
  6. Hawaii
  7. Illinois (Chicago has two)
  8. Maine
  9. Massachusetts
  10. Michigan
  11. Minnesota
  12. New Jersey
  13. New York
  14. Oregon
  15. Pennsylvania
  16. Texas (DFW)
  17. Vermont
  18. Washington

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CDC To Require Negative COVID Tests For International Travelers