The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will lift its requirement for travelers to test negative for Covid-19 before entering the United States, according to multiple reports from the U.S. media.
A CNN story said, “The Biden administration is expected to announce Friday that the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will lift its requirement for travelers to test negative for Covid-19 before entering the US, according to a senior administration official.
“The move, which CNN was first to report, will go into effect for US-bound air travelers at midnight on Sunday.
“The CDC is lifting the restriction that the travel industry had lobbied against for months after determining it was no longer necessary “based on the science and data,” the official said. The CDC will reassess its decision in 90 days and if officials decide they need to reinstate it, because of a concerning new variant, for example, will do so. The measure has been in place since January 2021.”
The NY Times reported, “In a move hailed by the travel industry, starting Sunday morning passengers will be able to board flights to the U.S. without a negative coronavirus test.
“International travelers to the United States faced the uncertainty of testing positive before their trips began. International travelers to the United States will still be required to be fully vaccinated.”
Bloomberg reported, “The Biden administration is lifting its requirement that all travelers test negative for coronavirus before flying to the US, amid pressure from airlines that viewed the measure as excessive and blamed it for depressing ticket purchases.
“The change will take effect just after midnight on June 12 and be reassessed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in 90 days, according to a senior administration official who requested anonymity to detail the plan before it was formally announced.”