US Likely to End COVID-19 Testing Requirements for International Air Passengers
Passengers traveling to the US via air will no longer be required to show the proof of a negative Covid-19 test for entering the US. The US officials on Friday announced that it will end the need of doing a pre-boarding Covid-19 test for the international air travelers. The US government also said that this requirement is being dropped because of the “tremendous progress” that the US had made in fighting the Covid-19.
• Passengers traveling to the US via air mode were asked to provide a Covid-19 negative test report before flying.
• The travel industry had been asking for a long time to end the testing requirement.
• The change will come into effect from 12.01am, Sunday, 12th June 2022.
For a long time, the travel industry has been asking to put an end to this policy. Tourists and travelers are discouraged to book vacations or travel as they fear getting stuck abroad, due to this policy.
The US government also said that they can do so because of the amazing progress that the country has made to fight Corona Virus. The officers mentioned that the US has made widely available lifesaving vaccines and the best treatment. The vaccines act as a tool to prevent any type of serious disease/illness and death. These vaccines are also effective against the other variants present in the US and around the globe.
The change will be done w.e.f Sunday, 12th June 2022.
The CDC will re-evaluate this policy in 90 days to check the consequences (if any). The management also said that it would “not hesitate to act” to restore the policy given the new variants make officers believe that it is compulsory.