You may soon have to get a coronavirus test to travel.
Reuters reports that the Biden administration is “actively looking” at whether to mandate COVID-19 testing for all domestic flights in the United States.
This news comes by way of Dr. Marty Cetron. Cetron works for the Centers Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as the director for the Division of Global Migration and Quarantine.
On Tuesday, Cetron spoke with reporters who asked him about whether there are any plans to implement COVID-19 testing requirements for domestic travel.
According to Reuters, Cetron said that there are “conversations that are ongoing and looking at what the types and locations of testing might be… We’re actively looking at it.
“We realize that there’s been a dramatic evolution and increase in both testing platforms and testing capacity,” Cetron added. “I think this is a really important part of our toolkit to combat this pandemic.”
This comes after President Joe Biden asked U.S. agencies to make recommendations to his administration about whether “impose additional public health measures for domestic travel.” Here, Biden was referring to both land and air travel.
It now appears, as stated by Cetron, that one of those recommendations may be requiring travelers to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test. Such a requirement is already set to go into effect this week for international travels.
Breitbart reports that this Tuesday a mandate from the CDC is scheduled to go into effect that will require travelers entering the United States via plane to show proof of a recent negative COVID-19 test. This mandate will apply to all travelers over the age of two.
“If you plan to travel internationally, you will need to get tested no more than three days before you travel by air into the United States and show your negative result to the airline before you board your flight,” the CDC announced.
In related news, there is an ongoing project being led by Microsoft, Oracle, and the Mayo Clinic that is trying to find a way for businesses, airlines, and countries to be able to check to see if an individual has received the coronavirus vaccine.
It is a small step from requiring negative test results for international flights to requiring negative test results for domestic flights to requiring proof of vaccination.