CDC Implementing New COVID-19 Test Requirements for Air Travelers from China

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will implement new COVID-19 travel test requirements effective January 5, 2023, at 12:01 AM ET. All air passengers flying directly from China, Hong Kong, and Macau to the United States will need to have a negative COVID-19 test two days prior to their departure. This requirement will also impact those air passengers transiting Incheon International Airport, Toronto Pearson International Airport, and Vancouver International Airport to the U.S. if they had any spent any time in China, Hong Kong, or Macau in the last 10 days no more than two days before their departure to the U.S. This if for all air passengers ages two and up, regardless of nationality and vaccination status.

Passengers that tested positive for COVID-19 more than 10 days prior to their departure to the U.S. can present documentation to show their recovery in lieu of a negative result. All passengers will need to work with the airlines to confirm their negative COVID-19 result or present their recovery.

To our international visitors that will travel to China in the future will need to factor in this new requirement that into their travel plans. Departments/Divisions that are sponsoring an international visitor that will be departing from China or will have been in China in the last 10 days before their departure to the U.S. should keep this in mind while this requirement placed by the CDC is active. This could potentially delay start dates.

Staff and faculty that have concerns about travel to and from China for UTHSA business, can email

OIS will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates as needed.



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