Newark Liberty Int'l Airport requires negative COVID-19 test for travelers from London as new variant spreads
Travelers leaving London are required to test negative for the coronavirus before boarding a flight to Newark Liberty International Airport.
The new travel restriction started Monday after a new, more contagious form of COVID-19 was detected in the United Kingdom.
Boston resident Lyvia Laurent arrived at the airport Tuesday after visiting her boyfriend in the country's capital.
"A day after I got there, we entered into a Tier 4, which meant that everything was shutting down," Laurent says. "The malls, restaurants, everything. It was a ghost town."
Others coming from London to Newark says they had to scramble to get tested, spending extra money and time to get back.
"It was kind of a challenging," says Julia Lindsey of New York. "The process was unorganized and a bit of a mess."
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says about six of 10 new cases in London are caused by the faster spreading variant of the virus.