CDC Order Requires COVID-19 Test for all Air Passengers Entering the US

Effective Jan. 26, 2021, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is requiring a negative COVID-19 test of all air passengers entering the United States. Travelers 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 written documentation of their laboratory test result (paper or electronic copy) to the airline or provide documentation of having recovered from COVID-19. Airlines must confirm the negative test result for all passengers or documentation of recovery before they 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. View the CDC order.

Most international flights arrive at Terminal 4, Level 3, east end near Dunkin'. For flights from Canada, check with the airline for terminal and gate information as sometimes customs and immigration clearance takes place in Canadian departure area.

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U.S. citizens traveling by land or sea outside of the United States are required to present a passport book/card or other valid travel document in order to enter or re-enter the United States. This includes those traveling to Mexico and Canada by land or sea.

CBP Mobile Passport Control to be
Only Authorized App for US Entry

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has announced that beginning Feb. 1, 2022, the CBP Mobile Passport Control application (MPC) will be the only authorized app for entry into the United States.

Travelers who currently use other applications such as Mobile Passport by Airside or Clear MPC for international travel should download the CBP MPC application prior to Feb. 1 to continue using the MPC program. The CBP MPC app can be downloaded from the Google Play Store or Apple App Store.

International Travel Tips

  • To enter the United States by air, all travelers, including citizens, must have valid passports.
  • Passport and visa requirements of the country you are visiting are available at
  • Register valuable items you are taking out of the United States with the U.S. Customs Port Director's Office, in the South Air Cargo Complex, 3002 E. Old Tower Road, Suite 400; (602) 914-1400.
  • Read important travel information from Customs & Border Protection.
  • Find out more about Global Entry, an initiative from Customs & Border Protection.
  • Download the new Mobile Passport Control App for expedited entry into the United States from from the Google Play Store or Apple App Store.
  • Get health-related information for travelers, including vaccination requirements by destination country, from the Centers for Disease Control.
  • Information for passengers with duty-free liquids and connecting flights.
  • Check the CBP Mobile Passport Control page for additional information on this app.