US to End Covid-19 Test Requirement for Incoming International Air Travelers

The Brandon regime is expected to announce on Friday that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will end its requirement for travelers to take a Covid-19 test within days before boarding their flights before entering the US.

The mandate is set to expire this Sunday at 12:01 a.m. Eastern Time according to a senior administration official.

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The initial mandate required fully vaccinated to show proof of a negative Covid-19 test within three days of travel, while unvaccinated people had to show a test taken within one day of travel.

Per CDC, the mandate is no longer necessary “based on the science and data,” CNN reported.

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 official said the Brandon administration plans to work with airlines to ensure a smooth transition with the change, but it will likely be a welcome move for most in the industry.

The travel industry, and some scientific experts, said the policy had been out of date for months.

Nevada Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto said, “I’m glad CDC suspended the burdensome coronavirus testing requirement for international travelers, and I’ll continue to do all I can to support the strong recovery of our hospitality industry.”

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