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Ask 2: Is Puerto Rico included in the CDC’s negative test requirement for U.S. international arrivals?

FILE - In this file photo dated Monday, June 8, 2020, passengers wearing face masks arrive at London's Heathrow Airport. The two-week quarantine period that travelers arriving in England from a destination not on the British governments coronavirus safe list could be cut to just five days if they test negative for COVID-19. The change to the quarantine rules, which was announced Tuesday Nov. 24, 2020, and comes into force on Dec. 15, has been long-awaited by the travel industry, one of the worst-hit sectors during the pandemic. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham, File) (Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved)

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Question: Is Puerto Rico included in the CDC’s negative test requirement for U.S. international arrivals?

Answer: On Jan. 12, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) expanded its negative COVID-19 test requirement to all travelers arriving to the U.S. by air.

The CDC is now requiring that all air passengers take a viral test no more than three days before their flight to the U.S. and provide paper or electronic documentation of their laboratory test result to the airline.

According to USA TODAY, U.S. territories such as Puerto Rico are excluded from the CDC requirement.

The CDC currently indicates that there is a very high threat of coronavirus in Puerto Rico. Travel guidance by the CDC includes get tested with a viral test one to three days before travel back from the territory.

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