US Ends COVID Test Requirement for International Travel

The Biden administration is lifting its requirement that international air travelers to the Unites States take a COVID-19 test within a day before boarding their flights.

The Biden administration is lifting its requirement that international air travelers to the Unites States take a COVID-19 test within a day before boarding their flights.

The move will go into effect for US-bound air travelers at midnight on Sunday, easing one of the last remaining government mandates meant to contain the spread of the coronavirus.

The initial mandate allowed those who were fully vaccinated to show proof of a negative test within three days of travel, while unvaccinated people had to present a test taken within one day of travel.

Travel industry officials have been increasingly critical of the requirement in recent weeks and directly urged the Biden administration to end the measure, arguing it was having a chilling effect on an already fragile economy.

The lifting of the requirement comes six weeks after a federal judge ended the CDC’s mask requirement for mass transit, including trains, planes, buses and transit hubs, saying the agency exceeded its authority. The Biden administration is appealing that ruling, saying it aims to protect the CDC’s ability to respond to future health emergencies.

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