American working with foreign governments on preflight Covid testing


American Airlines is collaborating with Caribbean governments to offer Covid-19 tests prior to travel, the first agreements of their kind between a U.S. airline and a foreign government.

American will begin the program next month in Miami airport in collaboration with Jamaica.

The initial phase of testing will be for Jamaican residents. If a passenger tests negative for Covid-19, the 14-day quarantine-in-place requirement for residents would be waived.

If the pilot proves successful, American said its objective is to open the testing for all Miami passengers flying to Jamaica. The airline has not said how much the tests will cost.

American also expects to launch a similar program in collaboration with the Bahamas next month, though it is not yet ready to announce details of the program.

In addition, the carrier said it is in discussions with the Caribbean Community of 15 member nations and five associate nations, with the goal of expanding the program to other countries in the region.

Credit: Jennifer Martins

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Airlines have been vocal for months that they see testing as the best way to restart international travel during the pandemic. Agreed-upon testing regimes could enable countries to end border closures and quarantine requirements, airlines and other sectors of the aviation and travel industries have argued. 


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