[Travel News] US Abolishes All Covid Tests For All Passengers For The Summer

Today, CDC announced on their website that they will be dropping all entry requirements for international travellers coming to the US for 3 months starting June 12.

Specifically, international travellers arriving in the US will no longer have to show a negative COVID-19 test result or proof of recovery upon arrival in the country now that the rules have been scrapped.

The entry requirements have been in place for the longest time. Its termination is believed to be a move to aid the air sector, which is bracing itself for unprecedented demand in the summer season. Many airlines have pointed out that Americans refrain from international travel due to the fear of being stranded abroad should they test positive for the COVID-19 virus.

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra disclosed that the decision was made as vaccination among the population as well as population immunity has reached a high percentage. He stated that "Each of these measures has contributed to lower risk of severe disease and death across the United States. As a result, this requirement which was needed at an earlier stage in the pandemic may be withdrawn.”

But they also remained cautious, saying that "CDC continues to evaluate the latest science and state of the pandemic and will reassess the need for a testing requirement if the situation changes,” and that CDC: "will not hesitate to reinstate a pre-departure testing requirement, if needed later." 90 days is said to be the time frame for the abandonment of the test mandate.

On June 10, White House Assistant Press Secretary Kevin Munoz in his tweet said that the need for testing will be "based on the science and in context of circulating variants."

He also credited President Joe Biden’s effort on vaccines as pivotal to the decision.

This move was met with positivity from the travel sector, as it has been months of lobbying the government to consider dropping the test mandate that has been in place in January.

Since January 2021, arrivals to the US by air have been required to provide negative tests prior to departure. Since December, travellers have been required to test negative within one day prior to departure to the US,  as opposed to three days. Rapid antigen, PCR and a number of other kinds of tests were accepted.

Travellers coming to the US through land routes are not required to present such documents or to go through such safety protocols, however.

Many European countries and worldwide have done away with these testing requirements.

Khoa Pham

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