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US Suspends COVID-19 Testing for Air Travelers

June 10, 2022 • 11:02 am CDT
(Vax Before Travel)

NPR reported today the U.S. government is planning to discontinue the requirement for air travelers coming to the USA to test negative for COVID-19 before departure. According to an administration official, this policy change is scheduled to become effective on June 12, 2022.

The official said the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention had determined the requirement was no longer needed.

HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra stated, “This step is possible because of the progress we’ve made in our fight against COVID-19." 

"Right now, we have life-saving vaccines and widely available treatments – effective against prevalent variants – preventing serious illness and death."

"The CDC continues to recommend COVID-19 testing prior to air travel of any kind and will not hesitate to reinstate a pre-departure testing requirement if needed later."

"Ensuring the safety and well-being of Americans is a top priority.” 

Since December 2021, air travelers, but not ground-based visitors to the USA, have had to present a negative COVID-19 test result taken no more than one day before departure.

Or display proof of recovery from COVID-19 within the last 90 days.

The current CDC travel testing policy is posted at this weblink.

SARS-CoV-2 test news is posted at Coronavirus Today.

Note: During May 2022, TSA checkpoint travel activity surpassed 2019 but has since slowed down in early June 2022.