U.S. Requires COVID Tests For Passengers

Most aircraft passengers, including those on GA flights, will need proof of a negative test for COVID-19 to enter the U.S. for the foreseeable future.  The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued the new order on Jan. 12. “This order applies to all flights, including private flights and general aviation aircraft (charter flights),” the CDC said. “Passengers traveling by air into the US are required to have proof of testing regardless of flight type.” Those hoping to get into the U.S. will need proof of testing within three days of their arrival there or proof that they have recovered from a bout with the illness.

“Air crew on duty” are exempt from the testing requirement and that includes pilots of private aircraft flying as pilot in command. GA pilots will need to keep records of the testing record of their passengers for two years. Once in the U.S., passengers are asked to get tested again and then self quarantine for seven days. The U.K. has banned leisure flying as part of its strict lockdown.