Federal health officials announced the requirement, effective midnight on January 5, on Wednesday as Covid-19 becomes more widespread in China.
‘The recent rapid increase in transmission in China increases the potential for new variants emerging,’ said one of the officials.
Airline passengers aged two and older departing from China, Hong Kong or Macau will be required to take Covid-19 tests two days before leaving for the US, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). People of all nationalities and vaccination status will need to adhere.
In China, hospitals are packed with patients and bodies fill the crematoria, The Wall Street Journal reported. Medicine for fever is running low.
The CDC has a surveillance program that monitors international travelers at airports for new coronavirus variants. The agency is expanding it to include airports in Los Angeles and Seattle, meaning seven airports and roughly 500 flights per week will be screened, including 290 flights from China and the region.
Japan and Malaysia are among countries that have also placed restrictions on people entering from China.