Negative COVID Tests No Longer Required for Entry into the United States
June 10th, 2022 – Pre-entry COVID testing will no longer be required in an announcement that is expected to come from the Biden administration later today, according to senior White house officials.
The change for US-bound air travelers goes into effect at 12:01 ET on Sunday June 12th, 2022 more than one year after requiring negative tests for entry and just over two years since the pandemic began.
Under current entry requirements, all passengers traveling via private or commercial plane are required to provide a negative COVID test within 24 hours of boarding their flight. This rule applied to all travelers, regardless of vaccination status or citizenship, but grants exemptions to travelers 2 and older who had recently recovered from the virus.
Officials from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention determined that the science available no longer supported the requirements, and have stated that the decision will be re-evaluated in 90 days.
Travel industry officials have been increasingly critical of the requirement in recent weeks, with representatives from the travel industry, including Airlines for America, who represents major US airlines, and the US Travel Association, lobbying to end the pre-entry testing requirements.
Some airlines had estimated that maintaining the testing requirements, while other countries removed theirs, had caused around 15% below average travel activity – many countries, including Germany, Italy, and the United Kingdom, have already removed their pre-departure testing requirements for fully vaccinated travelers.
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