(CNN) – Many travelers in the United States and abroad have been waiting for him. The tourism industry insisted on this. And on Sunday, the requirement for travelers to test negative for Covid-19 before entering the US is lifted.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention referred to a “new phase” of the pandemic in a statement confirming the rule change.
“The widespread availability of highly effective Covid-19 vaccines, the availability of effective therapeutics, and the accumulation of high rates of vaccine- and infection-induced immunity at the population level in the United States” have all helped reduce the risk of severe illness and death, the agency said.
Navigating the ever-changing entry requirements around the world has been a source of great confusion for travelers around the world.
Here’s what we know about how the new policy will affect arrivals in the US:
When will the pre-trip testing requirement be lifted?
The requirement ends on Sunday, June 12 at 00:01 ET.
This means that flights departing to the US from another country at this time or later will no longer need to show a negative test result or documentation of recovery from Covid-19 from the last 90 days.
Departures before that time will require testing.
Is the decision final?
Like many measures against Covid-19, the rules are subject to change.
“The CDC continues to evaluate the latest scientific data and the state of the pandemic and will reassess the need for testing if the situation changes,” the agency said in a statement.
A senior Biden administration official told CNN on Friday that the CDC will reconsider its decision in 90 days.
Do foreigners entering the US need to be vaccinated?
Yes. Vaccination requirements for those arriving from abroad have not changed.
Children under 17 do not need to be vaccinated.
What about unvaccinated Americans?
The end-of-test requirement applies to all travelers who were previously required to present a negative test result, and vaccination requirements for entry into the United States do not apply to US citizens.
What are the CDC travel guidelines?
The CDC continues to recommend that travelers be up to date with vaccinations and infection testing before and after travel, and after any known contact with someone who has Covid-19.
The CDC also continues to recommend that masks be worn in closed public transit areas. Masks are no longer needed.
Will the rule changes affect land border and ferry port arrivals?
No. The rule change applies to air travel.
What does Dr. Leana Wen, CNN Medical Analyst, have to say about this?
There were good reasons for requiring testing on…