After years of continuing to implement pre-departure COVID-19 testing for incoming international airline passengers, the US government under the Joe Biden administration has finally lifted the COVID-19 test requisite for international travellers. The decision was confirmed on Sunday (June 12) and is among the last remaining COVID-19 mandates.
US Drops COVID-19 testing for international arrivals as a development to the letter it received from more than 260 business organizations and the travel industry. The travel industry called for an end to the pre-departure testing requirement for vaccinated travellers entering the United States.
In their letter to the White House, the travel industry and business groups argued that “while there is no longer a need for an inbound testing requirement for vaccinated travellers, the economic costs associated with maintaining the measure are significant.”
Effective Sunday, 12 June, inbound airline travellers to the US won’t be subjected to a pre-departure test. However, they have to carry valid verification of being fully vaccinated with them, declared the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in a statement.
Prior to this development, fully vaccinated people were directed to show their COVID-19 test report within three days of leaving their respective countries. Whereas unvaccinated travellers were required to show their negative reports within one day of travel.
On its website, the CDC mentions, “People vaccinated outside of the US who completed the primary series should receive all recommended boosters when eligible. People who received all recommended boosters with an accepted vaccine outside the United States are up to date with their Covid-19 vaccines.”