Dec 28, 2022

COVID-19 negative test will be required to enter U.S. from China

The CDC will implement a negative COVID-19 test requirement or documentation of recovery from air passengers entering the United States from the People’s Republic of China (PRC) and the Special Administrative Regions of Hong Kong and Macau effective January 5 at 12:01 a.m. ET. 

All air passengers two years and older originating from the PRC and traveling to the United States will be required to get a test no more than two days before their departure from the PRC, Hong Kong or Macau, and show a negative test result to the airline upon departure.

CDC guidance specifies a PCR test or an antigen self-test administered and monitored by a telehealth service or a licensed provider and authorized by the Food and Drug Administration or the relevant national authority.

Travelers are encouraged to visit their airline carrier’s website in advance of travel for updated requirements and what qualifies as proof of a negative test prior to departure.

Visit the CDC website to view specific guidelines. 

If travel to the U.S. for Ohio State's international students and scholars is impacted by this requirement, contact the Office of International Affairs student immigration team at Responses may be delayed until the university re-opens on January 3.