The United States will drop the requirement for travelers to test negative for COVID-19 before entering the country.
The change will come into effect on Sunday at midnight for all passengers arriving by plane.
Kevin Munoz, the White House deputy press secretary, tweeted that Joe BidenThe work on vaccines and treatments was “essential” to development.
He said the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will monitor “based on science and in the context of circulating variants,” but for now the tests deemed no longer necessary.
Most countries, including the UK, have already dropped testing requirements in a bid to bring international travel back to pre-covid levels.
Previously fully vaccinated arrivals to the United States could show a negative test result within three days of travel, with unvaccinated travelers expected to be tested within a day of travel.
But when the Omicron variant swept across the United States in November, Mr Biden tightened the rules to require all non-American adults to test within the day.
Abandoning ‘heavy’ testing will boost the travel industry
Travel industry bosses across the United States have been calling on the government to drop testing requirements for months, saying it deters people from booking international travel.
“I’m glad the CDC suspended the heavy coronavirus testing requirement for international travelers, and I will continue to do everything I can to support the strong recovery of our hospitality industry,” Nevada Sen. Cortez Masto said in a statement.
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It comes six weeks after a federal judge lifted the CDC’s requirement to wear masks on all trains, planes, buses and public transportation hubs.
The Biden administration disputes the decision, saying it would help better manage future health emergencies.
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