MONDAY, Dec. 28, 2020 (HealthDay News) — Travelers flying to the United States from the United Kingdom will now need a negative COVID-19 test no more than 72 hours before leaving Britain, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday.

The test is needed to guard against the spread of a new form of the virus found in the United Kingdom that may be 70 percent more contagious than other forms of COVID-19.

Passengers will have to get a test for current infection within the three days before their flight from Britain to the United States and provide written or electronic documentation of their test result to the airline. If a traveler opts not to take a test, the airline must deny boarding the passenger, the CDC said.

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