New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy is requiring all United Airlines passengers with flights originating in the UK and flying into Newark Liberty International Airport to have a negative Covid-19 test before arriving in the state, according to a release from the governor’s office.
This comes after the UK announced the discovery of a new variant of Covid-19 in the country.
Passengers will be required to test negative for Covid-19 within 72 hours of their flight.
“In effort to strengthen existing travel protocols with our partners at United, beginning Monday, December 28, all United customers with flights originating in the U.K. will be required to present proof of a negative COVID-19 test obtained within 72 hours of departure for incoming flights to Newark Liberty International Airport. As we continue to experience a second wave of COVID-19 cases, it’s critical that we take any and all precautions to mitigate the potential for further transmission,” the release said in part.
Earlier this week, three other airlines agreed to test all passengers coming from the UK into New York for Covid-19.