People traveling to the United States will no longer need to present proof of a negative COVID test.
The change has been announced by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Friday and went into effect Sunday morning.
Testing requirements for people entering the United States from abroad were one of the last remaining government mandates to limit the spread of coronavirus.
According to an official, speaking on condition of anonymity, the CDC will review testing requirements every 90 days.
President Joe Biden’s government introduced testing requirements last year, lifting bans on non-essential travel from several countries in Europe, as well as China, Brazil, India and Iran.
The original requirements allowed fully vaccinated people to show proof of a negative test within three days of travel, while unvaccinated people had to show a test taken within 24 hours of travel.
However, the United States has seen an increase in cases due to the Omicron variant and requirements have been tightened, meaning travelers must test themselves within 24 hours of arriving in the United States, regardless of or their vaccination status.
Airlines and tour groups have called for the restrictions to be lifted, arguing that it discourages people from booking international travel.
“I am pleased the CDC has suspended the onerous coronavirus testing requirement for international travelers, and I will continue to do all I can to support the strong recovery of our hospitality industry,” said Nevada Sen. Cortez Masto, in a statement. .
The latest change comes six weeks after a federal court ended CDC mask requirements for public transitincluding trains, planes, buses and transit centers, saying the agency had overstepped its authority.
The Biden administration is appealing the decision.
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