The United States is about to drop the Govt test for incoming international air travelers

WASHINGTON, June 10 (Reuters) – The United States will drop a 17-month stipulation from Sunday that people arriving in the country by flight test must be negative for Covit-19, an official has said. And the travel industry.

A formal announcement will be made later on Friday. The move comes as the busy summer travel season begins and air carriers are already gearing up for record-breaking demand. Airlines have said many Americans do not travel internationally due to positive testing and fears of being stranded abroad.

The official, who declined to be named, said the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) had determined that science and data showed that Govt tests were no longer necessary before departure.

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The move will take effect at 12:01 a.m. Sunday and the CDC will reconsider the decision within 90 days, the official said.

The United States has demanded that incoming international passengers from January 2021 be given a negative test before departure. In December, the CDC tightened the rules requiring flights to the United States to have a negative test within one day instead of three.

CDC does not require testing for land border crossings.

The official said, “The CDC will not hesitate to act if there is a need to re – establish a pre-departure test requirement – including a new, variant – related one.”

Many countries in Europe and elsewhere have already abandoned testing requirements.

The CDC still requires that most non-US citizens be vaccinated against COVID to travel to the United States.

Two officials told Reuters that the administration was considering removing test rules only for vaccinated passengers.

Airlines for America, a trade group representing major airlines, said: “Removing this policy will help the United States promote and revitalize air travel.”

The IATA, the world’s largest airline trade group, has welcomed what management calls “good news” that “eliminates the useless pre-departure Covit test for travel to the United States.”

In April, a federal judge declared the CDC’s requirements illegal on airports and in transport hubs such as airports, and the administration stopped enforcing it. The judiciary has appealed against the order but no decision is likely to be taken soon.

‘Nonsense’

American Airlines (AAL.O) At a conference last week, CEO Robert Isom said that test requirements were “stupid” and that leisure and business travel were depressing.

Several lawmakers have pressed the Biden administration to repeal the test rules, and recently contacted senior White House officials to sue.

“I’m pleased that the CDC has suspended the burdensome corona virus testing requirement for international travelers,” said Nevada Senator Catherine Cortes Masto.

Raymond James said in a research note that deregulation “is a major boost to international travel.”

Delta Airlines (DAL.N) CEO Ed Bastian told Reuters last week that dropping requirements would increase travel, noting that 44 of the 50 countries Delta serves do not require testing.

Roger Dow, CEO of the American Travel Association, said Friday that the move would “accelerate the recovery of the U.S. travel industry,” which has been hit hard by the epidemic.

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