Passengers arrive on a flight from London under new restrictions to prevent the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) at JFK International Airport in New York on December 21, 2020.
Eduardo Munoz | Reuters
The U.S. will soon require air passengers to show they recently tested negative for Covid-19 before flying into the country, according to those briefed on the plan.
The move, which aims to contain the spread of the disease, comes when new cases break records.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's call for negative Covid tests previously reported by the Wall Street Journal could go into effect on Jan. 26, according to one of the people. The CDC, State Department and Department of Transportation did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
The CDC last month called for negative Covid tests for travelers flying out of the UK as a contagious virus strain was found there, but has now been found in the US.
International air travel remains extremely depressed due to the virus and travel restrictions that keep many foreigners from entering the US.
According to Airlines for America, a trade group that represents most of the major U.S. airlines, international air arrivals were down 76% year over year in December, while arrivals from non-citizens were down 83%.