A piece of good news for those who are planning to travel to the United States, the Biden administration announced that beginning Sunday, June 12, 2022, the United States would no longer require a pre-departure Covid-19 test to enter the country.
According to a senior administration official, the restriction will be lifted at 12:01 a.m. ET.
The decision to lift the testing requirements comes more than a year after the nation began requiring a negative test for entry and more than two years after the pandemic started.
Until now, all air passengers arriving in the United States also have to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test or a COVID-19 recovery report.
The development has also been confirmed by White House assistant press secretary Kevin Munoz on Twitter;
“US will end Covid-19 testing requirement for air travellers entering the country. @CDCgov will evaluate its need based on the science and in the context of circulating variants. @POTUS work on effective vaccines and treatments critical to this,” Munoz Twitted.
US will end Covid-19 testing requirement for air travelers entering the country— Kevin Munoz (@KMunoz46) June 10, 2022
@CDCgov will evaluate its need based on the science and in context of circulating variants
@POTUS work on effective vaccines and treatments critical to this https://t.co/cpdlNfRHbt
Last year, the Biden administration implemented the testing requirement as part of a move away from restrictions that prohibited non-essential travel from a number of nations, including the majority of Europe, China, Brazil, South Africa, India, and Iran.
The official said the government will examine the necessity for the testing requirement every 90 days and that it may be reintroduced if a disturbing new variation develops, speaking on the condition of anonymity ahead of the formal decision on Friday.