US Drops Covid Test Requirement for International Travelers

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As of Sunday, June 12, international visitors entering the United States will no longer be required to present proof of a negative PCR or antigen covid-19 test, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) announced late Friday, June 10.

The decision to lift the requirement came amid mounting pressure from airlines that considered the measure as excessive and outdated, and that claimed it was effecting ticket sales.

Notwithstanding, international visitors will still be required to present evidence that they have been full vaccinated against the virus with a vaccine approved by the World Health Organization (WHO) before entering the United States.

The CDC said that it reserved the right to reinstate the covid test requirement should a new, concerning variant of the virus emerge.

The mandatory use of face masks in airports and on board flights still remains, the CDC said.


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