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U.S. to end COVID-19 test requirement for incoming international travelers

2022-06-10 17:36 by


On Friday, the Biden Administration announced a COVID-19 testing requirement for air travelers will be lifted. Starting on June 12, international travelers will no longer be required to get a negative COVID-19 test before entering the U.S.

The decision follows a lobbying blitz by travel and tourism interests, which have pressed the White House for months to lift the requirement through a series of meetings, letters and opinion pieces. They argued that the rule was hurting demand for travel and noted that other countries, such as the United Kingdom and France, had already dropped similar restrictions.

"The Covid-19 pandemic has now shifted to a new phase, due to the widespread uptake of highly effective Covid-19 vaccines, the availability of effective therapeutics, and the accrual of high rates of vaccine- and infection-induced immunity at the population level in the United States. Each of these measures has contributed to lower risk of severe disease and death across the United States," the CDC said in a statement.

The Biden administration put in place the testing requirement last year, as it has moved away from restrictions that banned nonessential travel from several dozen countries - most of Europe, China, Brazil, South Africa, India and Iran - and instead focus on classifying individuals by the risk they pose to others. It was coupled with a requirement that foreign, non-immigrant adults traveling to the United States need to be fully vaccinated, with only limited exceptions.

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