Last updated on June 16, 2022 by BVN
Breanna Reeves |
According to an announcement from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, travelers entering the United States by plane from foreign countries will no longer have to report negative COVID-19 tests.
The requirement was lifted on June 12 at 12:01 p.m. after the CDC announcement on June 10. The agency continues to recommend that travelers get tested for the current infection before traveling (no more than three days in advance).
According to the CDC statementthe elimination of this requirement is the result of a new phase of the pandemic where there is a “adoption of highly effective COVID-19 vaccines” and high rates of immunity among the US population. UU.
“This step is made possible by the progress we have made in our fight against VOCID-19. Right now, we have life-saving vaccines and widely available treatments – effective against the prevalent variants – that prevent serious illness and death,” said the department secretary. of Health and Human Services of the United States, Xavier Becerra, in a statement.
“The CDC continues to recommend COVID-19 testing before air travel of any kind and will not hesitate to re-establish a pre-departure testing requirement if necessary later. Ensuring the safety and well-being of Americans is a priority.”
The testing requirement, in effect since January 2021, required travelers over the age of two to submit a test for a negative COVID test before traveling to the United States, conducted no more than one day before the trip, regardless of vaccination. state or citizenship. Those who traveled to the US on land were exempt.
Travelers who had recently recovered from COVID-19 should show COVID-19 recovery documentation in the form of a positive COVID-19 viral test and a letter from a health care provider or public health official authorizing them to travel.
The impact of COVID-19 on the travel industry
The travel sector was one of the sectors hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. According to the U.S. Department of Commerce’s 2022 National Travel and Tourism Strategy, travel exports decreased by almost 65% between 2019 and 2020.
“The decline in travel and tourism has greatly contributed to unemployment; Leisure and hospitality lost 8.2 million jobs between February and April 2020 alone, accounting for 37% of the decline in global non-agricultural employment during that period, ”the data sheet said. marked.
Members of the travel industry celebrated the end of the test requirement, as indicated in a statement published by the President and CEO of the American Society of Travel Advisors (ASTA), Zane Kerby.
“We commend the Biden Administration for taking this long-awaited step and thank ASTA members across the country for their hard work in helping this cross the finish line,” Kerby said. “While there are still many challenges ahead in terms of rebuilding the travel agency business, today is a great day.”
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