COVID-19 Test No Longer Required for U.S. Travel

COVID-19 changed the face of travel globally. Travel was stopped altogether for long periods of time. When it resumed many tests, restrictions and regulations had to be followed by travelers. The face of global travel and safety changed drastically. Now that the pandemic seems to be abating some travel regulations are lifting slowly. The U.S. has recently changed the requirement for COVID-19 tests for air passengers. This a major shift in travel regulations in a long time and will certainly make U.S. travel easier. This article is about the COVID-19 test no longer being required for U.S travel.

COVID-19 Test No Longer Required for U.S. Travel
COVID-19 Test No Longer Required for U.S. Travel

Earlier when passengers would board the flight to the U.S. they had to show a negative COVID-19 viral test taken just before they traveled or evidence that they had recovered from COVID-19 within the past 90 days. The U.S. recently announced that COVID-19 tests would not be required from international travelers traveling by air. This is a big change in the U.S. pandemic regulations. The travel industry has been placing immense pressure on this issue. 

White House Assistant Press Secretary Kevin Munoz has said President Joe Biden’s efforts on vaccines and treatments have been crucial in bringing about change in travel regulations. Munoz also said that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will be assessing COVID-19 data still, especially in light of the recent increase in COVID-19 cases.

The Order requiring people to present a negative COVID-19 test result or proof of recovery from COVID-19 before boarding a flight to the United States will be withdrawn, according to a statement from the CDC, and it will take effect on June 12, 2022, at 12:01 AM ET.

As a result, beginning at 12:01 AM ET on June 12, 2022, travelers will no longer be required to get tested for COVID-19 and present the results of that test or proof that they have recovered from COVID-19 in order to board an aircraft to the United States.

Due to the widespread use of very effective COVID-19 vaccines, the accessibility of efficient treatments, and the accumulation of high rates of vaccine- and infection-induced immunity at the population level in the United States, the COVID-19 pandemic has now entered a new phase. 

Each of these actions has helped reduce the risk of fatal illness and death across the country. This criterion, which was necessary earlier in the pandemic, may therefore be dropped. The CDC still advises passengers flying to the United States to get tested for a viral illness as soon as feasible (no later than three days prior to departure) and to stay home if they are ill.

If the situation changes, CDC will reevaluate the need for a testing requirement based on the most recent scientific findings and the pandemic’s current stage. If and/or when information changes, CDC will make it public.

The first COVID-19 death was in February 2020 on the West Coast.

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What is the CDC?

CDC stands for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Since when are COVID-19 tests not required for travelers by air?

Since June 12th, 2022.

When was the first Covid-19 death in the U.S.?

The first COVID-19 death was in February 2020 on the West Coast. 

Is the CDC still evaluating COVID-19?

Yes. the CDC is still evaluating COVID-19, especially due to the recent rise of cases.

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