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US removes Pre-Boarding COVID Test condition for travelers

The United States government announced that it will drop the current mandatory pre-boarding COVID-19 test requirement for international air travellers, effective June 12, 2022.

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The United States government announced that it will drop the current mandatory pre-boarding COVID-19 test requirement for international air travellers, effective June 12, 2022.

White House assistant press secretary Kevin Munoz confirmed the news “US will end Covid-19 testing requirement for air travelers entering the country. @CDCgov will evaluate its need based on the science and in context of circulating variants. @POTUS work on effective vaccines and treatments critical to this,” tweeted Munoz.

Kevin Munoz confirmed the news

The news comes as big relief for travelling across the globe and especially for travelers from India. The Biden administration put in place the testing requirement last year, as it moved away from restrictions that banned nonessential travel from several dozen countries — most of Europe, India, China, Brazil, South Africa, and Iran.

It is reported that India is one of the top 25 countries in the passenger traffic list to the US.

The US government officials met last month with travel industry representatives, who demanded to end its requirements that vaccinated international travelers take a coronavirus test before flying to the United States.

Recently, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has determined that it’s no longer necessary. The agency would reevaluate the need for the testing requirement every 90 days and that it could be reinstated if a troubling new variant emerges.

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.

In November 2021, the mutant and highly transmissible Omicron variant spread across the globe, the administration toughened the requirement and required all travelers, regardless of vaccination status, to test within a day of travel to the US.

The US embassy in India released a notification on November that said, “Effective November 8, 2021, all non-immigrant, non-U.S. citizen air travelers to the United States will be required to be fully vaccinated and to provide proof of vaccination status prior to boarding an airplane to the United States.”

An update was published in December on the travel guidelines which stated, “Effective December 6, 2021, all international air passengers boarding a flight to the United States who are 2 years or older, including U.S. citizens and Lawful Permanent Residents, will need to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 viral test administered within no more than one (1) calendar day before their flight (regardless of vaccination status).”

Several other countries have already lifted their testing requirements for fully vaccinated and boosted travelers in a bit to increase tourism.

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