US raises COVID test requirements for air travelers

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Covid tests for travel to the US will not be mandatory for air travelers.

United States – Good news for travelers, especially those planning to visit America. On Friday, June 10, the White House announced that the United States will scrap the requirement to test for Covid-19 for travelers arriving in the country by plane.

Faced with the arrival of the Omicron variant, health authorities tightened testing procedures for entry into the United States in December 2021. All travelers over the age of two, who had been on a flight from abroad to the United States, had to submit a negative test less than a day before takeoff, regardless regardless of vaccination status.

According to presidential spokesman Kevin Munoz, who announced on Twitter that the requirement is being scrapped, health authorities will continue to “evaluate needs based on science and context variables”.

And US media reported that the termination of the commitment will take effect on Sunday. On the other hand, the government has not determined, at this point, whether it maintains the vaccination obligation for non-resident aliens entering the United States.

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Many other countries, particularly in Europe, have stopped requiring pre-boarding testing from international travelers. Following a court decision, the mandatory wearing of a mask was lifted in the United States in April on public transport, especially on planes.

The United States is currently recording more than 100,000 new cases of Covid-19 per day, a number that has been greatly underestimated according to experts. The recent mutation has been linked to omicron sub-variables.

About 300 people still die from the disease in the country every day, but health authorities are now highlighting the many treatments available, including vaccines and also the antiviral Paxlovid in case of infection.

The lifting of restrictions has been a strong demand from the economic sector, particularly airlines, keen to speed up a return to normal.

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“We think we’ve made the necessary progress” “to raise that requirement, and I think that’s good news for business travel, and good news for US commerce and businesses as well,” Brian Dees, chief economic adviser to President Joe Biden, explained on CNBC.

4America’s airline, Federation of American Airlines, in a press release, welcomed the government’s decision that will “help encourage and restore flights in the United States for the benefit of nation communities whose economy is highly dependent on travel and tourism.”

“We look forward to welcoming the millions of travelers ready to come to the United States for vacation, business or to reunite with loved ones,” said President Nicholas Calio.

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