Headline RoundupJune 11th, 2022

US Ends COVID-19 Testing Requirement for International Air Travelers

Summary from the AllSides News Team

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Friday night announced the termination of the COVID-19 testing requirement for international air travelers entering the U.S.

CDC Director Rochelle Walensky said the 17-month-old mandate will be lifted on Sunday at 12:01 a.m. ET. The health agency concluded that the testing requirement is "not currently necessary" to prevent the spread of COVID-19. "In its place," Walensky believes travelers have access to enough tools and guidance to make their own "informed choices." Those who are not U.S. citizens, however, must still show proof of vaccination before boarding their flight. The CDC said it will reassess the decision in 90 days and could reinstate the testing requirement if there was a "concerning new variant." 

Prominent voices in the travel industry have lobbied the Biden administration to drop the travel restrictions, arguing that the policy has prevented many Americans from traveling internationally. Since the current rule mandates travelers to test negative within 24 hours of their departure, some Americans have expressed concerns that they would "test positive and be stranded abroad."

Outlets across the spectrum similarly highlighted how "both Republicans and some Democrats" have suggested the "outdated" testing requirement should be dropped.

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