The Biden administration announced on Friday that it is lifting the requirement that international aircraft passengers test negative for COVID-19 before entering the US.
A senior administration official said the mandate expires early Sunday morning.
The official, speaking on condition of anonymity to preview the official announcement, said the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention had determined that the testing requirement was no longer required. The person said the CDC will review the issue every 90 days and may reinstate the requirement if a new troubling variant of COVID-19 emerges.
Airlines and travel groups have been pushing for months for the administration to drop the testing requirement, saying it discourages people from booking international travel.
While the testing requirement ends, what other COVID-19 travel precautions remain in place? Are the recommendations the same for everyone?
Here are the latest CDC recommendations:
Before traveling to or from the US, people should consider getting tested for the virus as close to the time of departure as possible, with the test taking place no more than three days before travel. However, as of Sunday, testing is no longer required, but only encouraged.
Foreign travelers visiting the US have slightly different requirements than citizens, US citizens and immigrants entering the country. All non-U.S. citizens traveling by air must show proof of full COVID-19 vaccinations, with a few exceptions, according to the CDC.
All air travelers bound for the United States, including citizens returning to the country, are required to provide contact information to airlines in case travelers need to be notified of exposure to a communicable disease, including COVID-19.
Those visiting the US must bring their required documents, such as a passport and any visa or other entry/residence documentation required to enter the country, the CDC says on its website.
during the travelling
The mask requirement for air travel has not been in effect since April, when a federal judge struck down the mandate, deeming it illegal. The Ministry of Justice is currently appealing this decision.
Despite the end of the mandate, the CDC continues to recommend that everyone aged 2 years and older, including aircraft passengers and airport employees, wear an appropriate mask or respirator on public transportation and in vehicles. Outside of public transport, travelers aged 2 and over must wear masks in areas with “high” levels of COVID-19 or if they or someone they live with have a weakened immune system or are at increased risk of severe illness.
After arriving in the USA
Upon arrival in the US, the CDC recommends that everyone, including US citizens, stay at home and self-quarantine for a full five days after travel. All travelers, regardless of vaccination status, should…