The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is no longer requiring a negative pre-departure COVID-19 test result or documentation of recovery from COVID-19 for air passengers traveling to the United States from the People’s Republic of China, including the Special Administrative Regions of Hong Kong and Macau. The previous requirement also applied to passengers who had been in China, Hong Kong, or Macau in the past 10 days and were traveling to the United States from Incheon International Airport (ICN) in Seoul, South Korea; Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ) in Canada; and Vancouver International Airport (YVR) in Canada.
The CDC said the PRC’s COVID-19 surge has returned to a baseline level. According to World Health Organization data, daily cases peaked at 7 million cases per day on December 23, 2022, then declined 99% by January 24, 2023, leveling off around 20,000 cases per day from January 24 through February 21, 2023. In addition, no variants of concern have been identified as emerging from the PRC now, the CDC said.