US ‘actively looking’ at negative COVID-19 test mandate for domestic flights

Jan 27, 2021

This post contains references to products from one or more of our advertisers. We may receive compensation when you click on links to those products. Terms apply to the offers listed on this page. For an explanation of our Advertising Policy, visit this page.

The Biden administration is considering mandating proof of a negative COVID-19 test for domestic air travel.

According to Reuters, the Biden administration is “actively looking” at how that would look and what it would mean for those flying domestically in the U.S., according to a senior Centers for Disease Control and Prevention official.

Sign up to get the daily TPG newsletter delivered to your inbox each morning

In a telephone interview with Reuters, Dr. Marty Cetron, director for the Division of Global Migration and Quarantine at the CDC, spoke of the plans, saying there were “conversations that are ongoing and looking at what the types and locations of testing might be. We’re actively looking at it.”

The measure comes after direction from President Biden for U.S. agencies to come up with ways to “impose additional public health measures for domestic travel.”

Some airline officials have expressed concern that the introduction of testing for domestic flights would mean a further decline in the demand for air travel.

As of Tuesday, Jan. 26., all international arrivals into the U.S. are required to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test. The new testing mandate came into force just over a week after the same restriction was placed on those traveling to the U.K.

Related: What it was like flying home now that the US requires a negative COVID-19 test

On Tuesday, the U.S. government issued new warnings to citizens about traveling internationally. Now, the government says that “U.S. citizens should reconsider non-essential travel abroad.”

In President Biden’s first days in office, he introduced a mask mandate that requires masks be worn while traveling domestically at airports, on commercial aircraft, on trains and on public maritime vessels. The mask mandate also applies to intercity buses and on all forms of public transportation.

Featured image by Spencer Platt/Getty Images.

Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card

WELCOME OFFER: 60,000 Points

TPG'S BONUS VALUATION*: $1,200

CARD HIGHLIGHTS: 2X points on all travel and dining, points transferrable to over a dozen travel partners

*Bonus value is an estimated value calculated by TPG and not the card issuer. View our latest valuations here.

Apply Now
More Things to Know
  • Earn 60,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's $750 when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards®. Plus earn up to $50 in statement credits towards grocery store purchases.
  • 2X points on dining at restaurants including eligible delivery services, takeout and dining out and travel & 1 point per dollar spent on all other purchases.
  • Get 25% more value when you redeem for travel through Chase Ultimate Rewards®. For example, 60,000 points are worth $750 toward travel.
  • With Pay Yourself Back℠, your points are worth 25% more during the current offer when you redeem them for statement credits against existing purchases in select, rotating categories.
  • Get unlimited deliveries with a $0 delivery fee and reduced service fees on eligible orders over $12 for a minimum of one year with DashPass, DoorDash's subscription service. Activate by 12/31/21.
  • Earn 2x total points on up to $1,000 in grocery store purchases per month from November 1, 2020 to April 30, 2021. Includes eligible pick-up and delivery services.
Regular APR
15.99%-22.99% Variable
Annual Fee
$95
Balance Transfer Fee
Either $5 or 5% of the amount of each transfer, whichever is greater.
Recommended Credit
Excellent/Good

Editorial Disclaimer: Opinions expressed here are the author’s alone, not those of any bank, credit card issuer, airlines or hotel chain, and have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by any of these entities.

Disclaimer: The responses below are not provided or commissioned by the bank advertiser. Responses have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by the bank advertiser. It is not the bank advertiser’s responsibility to ensure all posts and/or questions are answered.