The U.S. government confirmed that it will end additional controls for some international flight passengers mandated by the COVID-19 emergency and remove the order for tourists from certain countries to arrive at 15 designated airports starting Monday.
The restrictions were based on the country of origin, not the nationality of the passengers.
In a statement, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that they would remove the additional checks because they were ineffective because they were based on symptoms and those who are infected with VID-19 may not have them.
Referring to the new provision, CDC states that “the new and more effective strategy focuses on continuity of travel and the individual traveler, and includes pre-departure and post-arrival education, efforts to develop a potential testing framework with international partners, and disease response.
The government issued additional screening requirements in February for travelers who had recently been to China, the United Kingdom, Iran, Ireland, Brazil and the European Schengen bloc, and banned entry to foreign nationals who had recently visited these countries.
All such travelers were required to arrive at 15 designated U.S. airports, including those in Boston, New York and Miami. In addition, these passengers were required to pass a health examination before entering the country.
According to the communiqué issued by the health authority, the strategy will be changed because “we now have a better understanding of Covid-19 transmission, so we know that symptom detection has a limited effect because those infected may be asymptomatic or have mild symptoms.
“Transmission of the virus can occur from passengers who do not present symptoms or who have not yet developed symptoms of infection,” they added.
Within the new strategy focused on passengers, educational campaigns to prevent contagion before, during and after the flight will be reinforced, in addition to collecting voluntary information about passengers at airports, and working to avoid queues, crowds and delays at air stations.
Passengers will also be advised to carry out a 14-day quarantine for those arriving in the country from high-risk countries.