U.S Lifts COVID Rules for International Travelers
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- The Biden adminstration will drop the COVID-19 testing requirement for inbound air travelers from Sunday, ending one of the longest-running COVID-19-induced travel restrictions
- The restriction, which was put in place by the Trump administration in early 2021 and later tightened by the Biden administration, required all inbound travelers to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test a day before departure
- The move to end the restrictions comes after airlines had repeatedly pushed the admininstration to drop the requirement, emphasizing that it stifled demand for international trips, and consequently hurt the economy
- “The Biden administration is to be commended for this action, which will welcome back visitors from around the world and accelerate the recovery of the U.S. travel industry,” Roger Dow, president of the U.S. Travel Association, said in a statement
- Officials say the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will review the decision in 90 days
- “If there is a need to reinstate a pre-departure testing requirement — including due to a new, concerning variant — CDC will not hesitate to act,” a senior Biden administration official said