Health Alert – New U.S. COVID-19 Test Entry Requirement, U.S. Embassy Oslo, Norway (January 13, 2021)

Location: Norway

Event: CDC Expands Negative COVID-19 Test Requirement to All Air Passengers Entering the United States

  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is expanding the requirement for a negative COVID-19 test to all air passengers entering the United States.  Testing before and after travel is a critical layer to slow the introduction and spread of COVID-19, effective for inbound travelers beginning January 26, 2021.
  • A pre-departure test, combined with the CDC recommendations to get tested again 3-5 days after arrival and stay home for 7 days post-travel, will help slow the spread of COVID-19 within U.S. communities from travel-related infections.  Pre-departure testing with results known and acted upon before travel begins will help identify infected travelers before they board airplanes.
  • Air passengers are required to get a viral test (a test for current infection) within the 3 days before their flight to the U.S. departs and provide paper or electronic written documentation of their laboratory test result to the airline.  Alternatively, passengers may provide documentation of having recovered from COVID-19.  Airlines must confirm the negative test or documentation of recovery before passengers board.
  • If a passenger does not provide documentation of a negative test or recovery, or chooses not to take a test, the airline must deny boarding to the passenger.
  • This order was signed by the CDC Director on January 12, 2021 and will become effective on January 26, 2021.
Actions to Take: 
  • Monitor the CDC’s website for latest guidance regarding test requirements.
  • If you have questions, please contact American Citizen Services at the U.S. Embassy in Oslo.  We may be reached by email at
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