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Saturday 11 June 2022

US scraps inbound Covid testing requirements

Heading for the US?

The news is all good with no more mandatory Covid-19 tests required for passengers entering the US from tomorrow morning.

The US Government has officially announced the lifting of its requirement for air travellers to test negative to Covid-19 prior to entering the country.

The Centre for Disease Control and Prevention said it was going to lift the requirement after officials determined that the widespread adoption of vaccines and treatments for Covid-19 no longer make it necessary, the New York Times reported.

In a press release explaining the decision, Dr Rochelle P Walensky, the CDC director, cited booster shots and the milder Omicron variant, which she said had “generally caused less severe disease among those who are infected”.

The measure has been in place since early 2021, and its removal will be subject to a 90-day review, which could see testing reintroduced if new variants arise.

The mandatory test has been seen as a major obstacle to tourism to the US and has been widely criticised by the travel industry.

Marc Casto, chairman of the board of the American Society of Travel Advisors (ASTA), an industry group, said: “It’s huge. It’s monumental.”

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