US drops COVID testing requirement for international travelers to US

The Biden administration will soon eliminate the requirement for air travelers bound for the United States to present a negative COVID-19 test before departure, according to a senior administration official.

The elimination of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention requirement will go into effect Sunday, June 12 at 12:01 a.m. The official stressed that the requirement could be reinstated if needed. CNN first reported the policy change.

The senior administration official said the CDC has determined, based on science and data, that this requirement is no longer necessary at this time. The CDC will reassess the decision in 90 days. The official pointed out that this decision is possible because of the progress made in treatments and vaccines.

CDC still recommends COVID-19 test before any type of air travel.

According to the World Health Organization, the number of new weekly cases of COVID-19 has continued to decline since its peak in January 2022, as has the number of new weekly deaths. Yet WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus warns that there are not enough tests around the world and vaccination rates are particularly low in low-income countries.


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