Can an airline deny boarding a passenger if they don’t have a negative COVID-19 test?
Airlines must confirm the negative test result for all passengers or documentation of recovery before they board. If a passenger does not provide documentation of a negative test or recovery, or chooses not to take a test, the airline must deny boarding to the passenger.
What do I do if I test positive for COVID-19 before a flight?
People should self-isolate and delay their travel if symptoms develop or a pre-departure test result is positive until they have recovered from COVID-19. Airlines must refuse to board anyone who does not present a negative test result for COVID-19 or documentation of recovery.
Can traveling to visit family or friends increase my chances of getting and spreading COVID-19?
Yes. CDC recommends delaying travel until you are fully vaccinated, because travel increases your chance of getting and spreading COVID-19. If you are not fully vaccinated and must travel, follow CDC’s Domestic Travel or International Travel recommendations for unvaccinated people.
How long can COVID-19 linger in the air?
The smallest very fine droplets, and aerosol particles formed when these fine droplets rapidly dry, are small enough that they can remain suspended in the air for minutes to hours.
How long do COVID-19 aerosols stay in the air?
These particles are lighter, smaller and can float. Aerosols could stay aloft for minutes or hours in poorly ventilated indoor areas, thus causing possible transmission of the coronavirus. Avoiding crowds and wearing masks could greatly help to reduce the spread of airborne COVID-19 particles.
Do I need to get tested for COVID-19 before traveling?
Travelers who are fully vaccinated or who recovered from COVID-19 in the past 3 months do not need to get tested before departing the United States for international travel or before domestic travel unless their destination requires it.
Does the CDC require COVID-19 testing before coming to the United States?
All air passengers coming to the United States, including U.S. citizens and fully vaccinated people, are required to have a negative COVID-19 test result no more than 3 days before travel or documentation of recovery from COVID-19 in the past 3 months before they board a flight to the United States.